Mandla Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela says he has been the subject of attacks from individuals wanting a few minutes of fame and media attention at his expense.
Speaking during a press briefing in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape on Thursday, he lashed out at several members of the family and questioned the Madiba family’s sense of urgency in the matter. “I want to emphasize I don’t want to hang our dirty linen out in public.”
He explained in great detail how his grandfather had asked him to lead the family clan adding that Madiba would be disappointed by the events over the past few days.
Mandla accused his aunt Makaziwe of sowing destruction in the family. He says she has no business in Mandela family matters and described himself as their soft target saying the family have turned against him.
He also lashed out at his half-brother Ndaba. “He knows my father impregnated a married woman of which he is a result.” and warned him to be very careful when he wants to throw insults.
He says he has the right to determine where his father is buried.
This follows a bitter court battle between him and 16 other members of the family whereby they took Mandla to court after he illegally exhumed the remains from Qunu in 2011 and relocated them to Mvezo without consulting the family.
A final order was granted against him on Wednesday in the Mthatha High Court which he says is erroneous.