Cattle die on Mandela farm

RUNNING ON EMPTY: Former president Nelton Mandela’s Qunu homestead, which has been affected by a serious water shortage
RUNNING ON EMPTY: Former president Nelton Mandela’s Qunu homestead, which has been affected by a serious water shortage

Even flowers at icon’s Qunu grave affected by drought.

Nelson Mandela’s Qunu farm has been without water since early this month as all boreholes and a reservoir have run dr y. At least two sources have confirmed that the situation is so bad that two cows have died on the farm in the past eight weeks, while flowers at Mandela’s grave have also died as they have not been watered.

“Boreholes have run dry, the gardens are no longer tended including the grave of tata Madiba. There’s no water there for workers to water the beautiful plants and flowers next to the family grave site.

“A few days ago we were there to eat meat from a cow that was slaughtered after it fell ill.

“A weeks earlier it was the same, as there was another cow that died there. Apparently it had a broken leg and it had to be slaughtered,” the source said.

But the late statesman’s eldest grandson, Mandla Mandela, who last week was confirmed as the traditional head of the family, denied this.

He said he visited the family home last week and no one reported any water shortages to him.

-Bongani Fuzile

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2 thoughts on “Cattle die on Mandela farm

  • January 27, 2015 at 6:37 am
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    SAD VERY SAD MAKES ONE THINK . SHOULD WE BE SURPRISED?

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  • January 26, 2015 at 12:27 pm
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    Run a country? They can’t even run a farm!!!!

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