According to the BBC, the remains of three of Nelson Mandela’s children have been exhumed from a property belonging to his grandson, Mandla Mandela, police say. They have been taken from Mvezo in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province to a funeral parlour in nearby Mthatha, Lt Col Mzukisi Fatyela told the BBC.
It comes hours after a court ruled the remains should be removed for reburial in a nearby family graveyard. Mandla moved the remains in 2011, allegedly without the family’s consent.
His 94-year-old grandfather remains critically ill in hospital suffering from a recurring lung infection.
Court papers filed last week reveal that Mr Mandela has been on a life support machine, South Africa’s Mail and Guardian newspaper reports.
“Nelson Mandela’s health is perilous. [An] affidavit will be provided from physicians that he is assisted in breathing by a life support machine,” the paper quotes the documents filed by Mr Mandela’s family last Thursday as saying.
President Jacob Zuma said on Monday that Mr Mandela’s condition remained critical but had stabilised, and he urged South Africans to plan for his 95th birthday on 18 July.