Cape Town (AFP) – The tribal royal house in South Africa of which Nelson Mandela was a member on Sunday expressed concern at “instability” in the icon’s family and urged calm as his estate is settled. The AbaThembu royal family called the meeting in Qunu where Mandela was buried on December 15 and “shared their concern” amid reports of internal strife and warring over his estate. “We advised the family members to remain calm, respect the administration of the estate and ensure that all the assets remain where they are until the processes are finalised,” said a statement. The meeting held on Friday decided that elders must attend all family meetings “until further notice”, it added. “We also felt that we owe the South Africans apology for allowing a state of turmoil to begin in the house of the statesman and the world icon who sacrificed his life for all South Africans, Africans and the world.” Local media last week reported to squabbling over Mandela’s estate and that his widow Graca Machel had faced rejection and abuse and was told to leave the Johannesburg home she shared with Mandela once he died. View gallery Nelson Mandela‘s grandson, Mandla Mandela, attends a Farewell Service for South African former p The royals threw their backing behind Machel who they said represented Mandela “in all matters of the Mandela family”. “Immediate family members must mourn and their actions must resemble the dignity that Madiba deserves,” said spokesman Daludumo Mtirara, referring to Mandela’s clan name. The meeting also backed Mandela’s grandson Mandla as head of the family, dismissing as “disrespectful” his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s naming of his surviving daughter Makaziwe in the position. Madikizela-Mandela earlier this month denied there was a dynastic battle within the extensive family.
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A survey conducted for South Africa’s Sunday Times newspaper published Sunday showed 51 percent of registered voters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) want Zuma to resign. The results of the Ipsos survey come days after Zuma was booed at the memorial service for Mandela in Soweto. 0634 GMT: ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, now addressing the audience, explains there are 95 candles lit on the podium behind the coffin, one for each year of Mandela’s life. “The person who lies here is South Africa’s greatest son,” he says. 0631 GMT: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has arrived at the state funeral. 0621 GMT: The ceremony is being addressed by Rev Vido Nyobole, general secretary of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. Mandela’s religious roots were in Methodism. 0615 GMT: The choir is leading attendees in the South African national anthem.
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Nelson Mandela funeral: Live Report
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