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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Locks are changed on Mandela's grandson's family home

London Daily Telegraph

Published 18/12/2013 | 02:30

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Mandla Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela
Mandla Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela's eldest grandson has been pushed out of the family homestead in Qunu, according to reports, suggesting the family infighting will get worse now the patriarch has died.

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The locks at Mr Mandela's Tuscan-style home, which the former South African president built in his ancestral village after his release from prison, were reportedly changed after the arrival of eldest daughter Makaziwe on Thursday.

Water and electricity to Mandla's house on the Qunu estate were turned off late on Saturday, the eve of Mr Mandela's funeral, the Johannesburg-based 'South African Times' newspaper reported.

Makaziwe is said to have ordered Mandla to remove his cattle, pigs and dogs from the property.

Mandla's friends and close family members, including his mother, were sidelined during Sunday's state funeral for Mr Mandela and refused access to the burial site.

Mandla's spokesman, Freddy Pilusa, would neither confirm nor deny the reports.

"He doesn't want to focus on those type of things anymore," Mr Pilusa said. "What he wants to do is to preserve and uphold the legacy of Madiba."

Mandla (39), whose father was Mr Mandela's second son, has styled himself as heir apparent, taking up the chieftainship in Mvezo village where his grandfather was born.Makaziwe (59), the daughter of Mr Mandela and first wife Evelyn Mase, has also positioned herself as the head of the family.

The two have been at loggerheads over leadership of the Mandela family, with the spat made public in June when Mandla was accused of moving the remains of his father and Mr Mandela's two other deceased children from Qunu to nearby Mvezo. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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