PRETORIA - Graca Machel fully supported the court bid to force Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla to return the remains of three Mandela children to Qunu.
After losing the exhumation court case last week, Mandla challenged his aunt Makaziwe Mandela to supply proof that all 15 family members were knowingly part of the case against him.
eNCA is in possession of affidavits from 12 of the family members, including one from former president Nelson Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel.
Mandla Mandela called on his aunt Makaziwe Mandela to prove that the other 14 family members listed on the court papers, were knowingly part of the bid forcing him to return the remains of Nelson Mandela’s three children from Mvezo to Qunu.
In her founding affidavit, Nelson Mandela’s daughter Makaziwe claimed that her father’s condition was “perilous” and the matter should be handled urgently “in anticipation of his impending death”.
She also stated that Madiba always wanted to be buried in Qunu, next to the graves of his three children who have passed away.
But Mandla Mandela claimed Makaziwe did not have the support of everyone, calling for proof that Madiba’s wife Graca Machel was a legitimate applicant.
eNCA can reveal that in her supporting affidavit, Machel not only supported Makaziwe’s claims about Madiba’s health, but hand wrote her own notes about his wishes to be buried in Qunu, with his children.
In the affidavit stamped by a commissioner of oath at the Pretoria hospital where Mandela is receiving treatment, Machel wrote “whoever reads letters to his family, whoever reads Long Walk to Freedom will find evidence of how Qunu lives in his emotional attachment to his identity”.
eNCA is also in possession of 11 other supporting affidavits signed by each applicant.
View the founding affidavit of Makaziwe Pumla Mandela at the Eastern Cape High Court on 28 June 2013 which involves 16 other applicants including Graca Machel, concerning the burial Mandela's deceased descendants.
View further details of the founding affidavit of Makaziwe Pumla Mandela.
Supporting affidavits for the motion by Makaziwe Pumla Mandela at the Eastern Cape High Court on 28 June 2013 which involves 16 other applicants including Graca Machel, concerning the burial Mandela's deceased descendants. This documents carries further details of the applicants.