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US President Barack Obama writes in a guest book as he tours Robben Island with first lady Michelle Obama. Photo:  Reuters/Jason Reed

US President Barack Obama writes in a guest book as he tours Robben Island with first lady Michelle Obama. Photo: Reuters/Jason Reed

US President Barack Obama writes in a guest book as he tours Robben Island with first lady Michelle Obama. Photo: Reuters/Jason Reed

Nelson Mandela's grandson has said he will contest a court order for him to move the remains of three family members to their original grave site.

The family feud comes as Mr Mandela (94), inset, remains in a critical condition in a Pretoria hospital. The grandson, Mandla Mandela, issued a statement yesterday saying he was compelled to take action against 16 other family members who had pressed the case.

The court orders that the remains of Nelson Mandela's three deceased children should be moved back to the family grave site in Qunu from the nearby village of Mvezo. The Mandela family feud over the grave site is apparently a prelude to a disagreement over where Nelson Mandela's remains will rest.

Both sides expressed regret over the public case.

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