In­com­plete grave probe sent back

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THE PO­LICE in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged grave vi­o­la­tion by Nel­son Man­dela’s grand­son Mandla Man­dela is in­com­plete, and has been sent back to the po­lice for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the National Prose­cut­ing Au­thor­ity (NPA) said yes­ter­day.

This week, the NPA said it would de­cide by yes­ter­day whether to go to court with a charge of grave vi­o­la­tion against Mandla, who al­legedly il­le­gally ex­humed the re­mains of three of his rel­a­tives.

How­ever, Eastern Cape NPA spokesman Luxolo Tyali told Week­end Ar­gus yes­ter­day the po­lice case docket wasn’t yet ready for a pros­e­cu­tion.

The three de­ceased rel­a­tives in ques­tion are the chil­dren of Nel­son Man­dela, who re­mains crit­i­cally ill in hos­pi­tal.

Tyali said the po­lice needed to do more work on the case be­fore the NPA could make a de­ci­sion.

“We dis­cov­ered there are out­stand­ing is­sues and as­pects that need to be taken care of be­fore we can make a de­ci­sion.”

This comes af­ter a group of Mandla’s rel­a­tives laid a grave­vi­o­la­tion charge against Mandla at the Bi­tyi po­lice sta- tion on Tues­day last week.

Mandla’s rel­a­tives have ac­cused him of il­le­gally re­mov­ing the re­mains of Nel­son Man­dela’s sons Makgatho and Them­bek­ile, and his el­dest daugh­ter Makaziwe, who died at nine months.

He is sus­pected of mov­ing the re­mains from Nel­son Man­dela’s home­stead in Qunu to his own home­stead, Mvezo Great Place, dur­ing 2011.

Nel­son Man­dela’s el­dest sur­viv­ing daugh­ter, also named Makaziwe, said in an af­fi­davit be­fore the Eastern Cape High Court last week that Mandla moved the re­mains to his home­stead, which up­set the rest of the Man­dela fam­ily.

Makaziwe said Mandla had “ad­mit­ted he had se­cretly re­moved the re­mains in the dead of the night to bury th­ese re­mains at Mvezo Great Place”.

Makaziwe’s af­fi­davit said Nel­son Man­dela wished to be buried next to his three chil­dren at his home­stead in Qunu.

The rel­a­tives’ re­mains were moved back to Nel­son Man­dela’s home­stead in Qunu on Thurs­day, in ac­cor­dance with a rul­ing by the Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha.

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