South African political icon Nelson Mandela is on life support as many officials have called his condition “critical” for the past few days. There have been reports that he had gotten better, but his family is preparing for the worst as they continue to feud over burial plots. In an affidavit from the family, they say that Mandela’s death is “impending”:
“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 anticipation of his impending death is based on real and substantial grounds. The applicants are desirous of burying their father and committing him to the earth in which his descendant’s remains lie.”
Mandela had been in and out of the hospital since June 8 for a recurring lung infection when his health worsened and he was admitted to the hospital for an extended stay. Thousands of long-time supporters and followers have gathered outside the hospital with signs and candles to show their support for the iconic politician and anti-apartheid hero.
CNN reported that his health had started to wane over the last few years and things were getting so bad that he had not appeared in public since the 2010 World Cup, which was hosted in South Africa.
Though the legend is in critical condition, his family is feuding and the fight seems to be a continued one from years before, and it explains the affidavit about Mandela’s health.
The family has taken one of Mandela’s grandsons to court to have three of the former president’s children’s bodies exhumed and brought to Mandela’s village so that he can be buried in the family graveyard amongst them where he has requested to be laid to rest. The fight amongst the family, which is playing out all over the world in great detail, is only a symptom of a much deeper unrest within the family, made up of three wives, six children, 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. It has been reported today that the court has ordered for the bodies of Mandela’s deceased children to be brought to his home village and family graveyard. Word is that the grandson who was taken to court, Mandla Mandela, will obey the order.
We send our thoughts and prayers to Mr. Mandela and the Mandela family in hopes that things will be resolved quickly.