BY | July 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela is an icon without any parallel in recent history. He is a unifying figure not just for South Africans, but in many other parts of the world and people revere him like no one else.

He is a father figure for the whole world. But unfortunately his death has become a sort of mystery. Doctors are demanded the life support system to be turned off as they say he is brain dead for weeks, but his family members are resisting.

US First Lady with Nelson Mandela

Even as the doctors treating former South African President Nelson Mandela continue to refute the claims of the leader being in vegetative state, a court case has revealed that Mandela is kept alive by a breathing machine even as he faces an “impending death”.

The official document related to a court case that was meant to settle his family’s affairs in order, described the former South African president’s situation as “perilous”, even as his squabbling grandchildren were warned not to “besmirch his name” by the retired archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The 94 year old Mandela who was hospitalized following a lung infection has remained critical ever since.  Charlene Smith, an authorized biographer of the former anti-apartheid leader said: “He’s basically gone. He’s not there. He’s not there.”

The revelation related to Mandela’s health came as the bodies of three of his children were returned to their original resting site in his hometown in Qunu following the court order. It is the same burial ground where Mandela said he wants to be buried.

In 2011, Grandson Mandla Mandela had moved the three bodies to his village of Mvezo, Mandela’s birthplace, located about 25 kilometers (15 miles) apart. Following this the family members approached the court last week to force the grandson to move the bodies back to their original burial site.

Mlawu Tyatyeka, an expert on the Xhosa culture of Mandela’s family, said the court case over the graves have been decided quickly because the family knows that Mandela will soon die. He said: “It’s not a case of wishing him to die. It’s a case of making sure that by the time he dies, his dying wish has been fulfilled. We have a belief that should you ignore a dying wish, all bad will befall you.”


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  • Ward Ciac

    Mandela was always brain dead, this is nothing new. When he dies there will be celebrations around the world. It should be declared a world holiday. Father Mandela will receive the burial of a donkey – dragged out the city gate and thrown on the garbage pile.

  • tiriparwendo2

    What do you mean?