Family meeting peaceful amid police checks.
Mandla Mandela will maintain his position as the head of the Mandela family.
This was reiterated in a family meeting held in Qunu yesterday. While the family did not give out any information about the discussions during the meeting, one of the issues discussed was who should be the bearer of the spear in the family.
With only 21 people present, including Chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima, it was decided that no one would change the decisions taken by Nelson Mandela before he passed away.
Currently, Mandla is the bearer of the family spear as it is tradition that the heir or the eldest male child in a family does.
There had been speculation that the meeting would turn violent. However, everything proceeded peacefully yesterday.
The meeting went ahead despite attempts by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to interdict it.
Earlier in the day, police drove past the house and did random checks inside the yard. They told journalists to park their cars across the road.
A police Nyala was on standby in case of any violence.
Journalists waited outside the Qunu home from morning until late in the afternoon when they were called to a briefing with family elders.
The meeting was held in a small rondavel outside the Mandela main house in Qunu.
Speaking during the media briefing, Matanzima said the meeting had been peaceful and that there were no disputes or tensions.
He said the matters discussed during the meeting would not be discussed again.
“The house of Ngcubengcuka called us for matters of the house of Mandela. Whatever we were called for concerns the family not the entire world or the nation,” he said.
“We are glad to have discussed these issues and concluded them. Amongst those present at the meeting and those not in the meeting, there is no one who has the right to go back to those matters because these issues directly affect Dalibhunga [Nelson Mandela’s praise name] who passed away after sorting them out.”
Matanzima said the family cannot go against Mandela’s wishes, whether they disagreed with them or not. He said the matters relating to Mandela were settled forever.
“Every member of the family must be satisfied that we are not going to discuss this matter further.”
“This is something we shall not discuss in the media. Every family has private matters which are discussed in private.”
– Abongile Mgaqelwa