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Nelson Mandela's family feud over family grave sites

Some of the Mandela family graves. Photo:

In hospital Nelson Mandela remains critically ill while in court his family have been arguing about the burial place of three of the former President's children.

His grandson Mandla, the clan leader, has been ordered to return their remains to the village where, eventually, the great statesman will also be buried.

The remains were those of Mandla Mandela's father Makgatho Mandela, who died in 2005; Mandela's first daughter Makaziwe, who died as an infant in 1948; and Mandela's second son Madiba Thembekile, who died in a car accident in 1969.

The Eastern Cape High Court in South Africa has postponed a hearing about the relocation of the graves until tomorrow.

An order was made last week by 16 members of the Mandela family to have the graves moved back to their original place in Qunu, however the former president's grandson Mandla Mandela has tried to block the order.

His lawyer Phillip Zilwa told the court on Tuesday that the order was "erroneously" granted as the court had not heard from Mandla.

After hearing arguments Judge Lusindiso Pakade said he wanted both parties to submit heads of argument to him by Wednesday.