Nelson Mandela’s doctors say he is in a permanent vegetative state, CBS News reported.
The ailing anti-apartheid icon has been on life support in a Pretoria hospital and breathing with the help of a respirator. He checked into Mediclinic Heart Hospital on June 8 for a recurrence of a lung infection, and his condition has gradually worsened.
Meanwhile, a family feud over the remains of Mandela’s three children reached a resolution Thursday when the bodies were reinterred at their original resting site — the same place where the ailing South African revolutionary wishes to be buried.
A family feud over the remains of Mandela’s children ended Thursday as the bodies were returned to their original resting place.
The bodies were laid to rest again in a ceremony that included the singing of hymns at Qunu, Mandela’s hometown.
The burial was the culmination of an embarrassing sideshow that has mesmerized South Africa as Mandela likely enters his final days.
“My grandfather like myself would be highly disappointed in what is unraveling,” said Mandla Mandela, the oldest male Mandela heir and a tribal chief.
Oamohetswe Mabitsela, 4 months old, is placed by his mother next to a picture of Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital.
The grandson had moved the bodies of Makaziwe Mandela, Madiba Thembekile Mandela, and Makgatho Mandela to his village of Mvezo — Nelson Mandela’s birthplace — in 2011.
Fifteen of Mandela’s family members said the bodies were moved without their consent and pursued court action to have the bodies moved.
An expert on the Xhosa culture of Mandela’s family, Mlawu Tyatyeka, said the court case over the graves was decided quickly because the family knows that Mandela will soon die.
The former wife of Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela Madikizela, arrives at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital on July 4 in Pretoria, where the former South African president is hospitalized.
“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,” he said.
“We have a belief that should you ignore a dying wish, all bad will befall you.”
Mandela’s wife said the former president is sometimes uncomfortable but seldom in pain while being treated.