‘Smiling, united’ Mandela family to meet at Qunu

A Mandela family meeting at Qunu will go ahead as planned today.

This was confirmed by former president Nelson Mandela’s eldest grandson, Mandla, who said there was nothing stopping family members from meeting.

He was referring to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s court attempt to prevent the gathering from taking place.

“We are going to the meeting smiling and united. This is an important meeting to us,” he said.

It would only be attended by men as the heads of their respective families.

AbaThembu royal family spokesman Daludumo Mtirara said: “Nothing is going to change at all. It will start at 10am and we expect all the houses of the core of AmaDlomo to attend.”

He said the meeting had the blessing of Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, and royal houses expected to attend along with the Mandelas were Mtirara, Mnqanqeni, Joyi, Shweni and Matanzima.

Mtirara and Mandla were respondents in the failed court bid by Madikizela-Mandela to stop the meeting from going ahead.

She is now planning to take the matter to the Constitutional Court.

Madikizela-Mandela’s attorney, Mvuzo Notyesi, said yesterday: “We are not letting this go. This is a constitutional matter and we are taking it to the highest court of the land.”

– Lulamile Feni

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