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Mandla Mandela, grandson of former South African President Nelson Mandela, talks to journalists during a news conference in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape of South Africa July 4, 2013, a day after a court order to exhume the remains of three of the anti-apartheid hero's children.
Mandla Mandela, grandson of former South African President Nelson Mandela, talks to journalists during a news conference in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape of South Africa July 4, 2013, a day after a court order to exhume the remains of three of the anti-apartheid hero's children.
(Stringer/Reuters)

Nelson Mandela’s grandson lashes out at family

A nasty power struggle in Nelson Mandela’s family took a sensational new twist on Thursday as his grandson held a press conference to reveal explosive family secrets and to attack the legitimacy of family members who took him to court.

Mandla Mandela, the oldest grandson and self-proclaimed heir of the 94-year-old South African liberation hero, said the family members were seeking “revenge” against a “soft target” when they took him to court to obtain an order to exhume the remains of three Mandela children who were secretly buried in the grandson’s village.