Advocate gets family backing

 TENSE TIME: Nelson Mandela's eldest daughter, Makaziwe, leaves the Mthatha High Court after a hearing last year. Picture: EUGENE COETZEE
TENSE TIME: Nelson Mandela’s eldest daughter, Makaziwe, leaves the Mthatha High Court after a hearing last year. Picture: EUGENE COETZEE

NELSON Mandela’s eldest daughter has come out in support of a Port Elizabeth advocate accused of misleading a court about the former statesman’s health prior to his death late last year.

This comes after the Bar Council of the Eastern Cape Society of Advocates resolved that Advocate David Smith would face a disciplinary process despite his instructing attorney being let off the hook.

Yesterday, Mandela’s eldest daughter, Makaziwe, said she and other family members were prepared to testify on Smith’s behalf.

Smith and Queenstown attorney Wesley Hayes were accused of misleading the Mthatha High Court in July to bolster their application to have the remains of Madiba’s three deceased children returned to Qunu, where he stipulated he wanted to be buried. – Kathryn Kimberley

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