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Police act in Mandela children's bodies row

By Daniel Howden

As Nelson Mandela's supporters held a vigil yesterday, South African police smashed padlocks and forced their way into a compound to retrieve the buried remains of three of the former president's children.

A trio of hearses pulled into the site belonging to Mandela's controversial grandson, Mandla, and left with the bodies.

It followed a court ruling that the remains must be returned to their original burial site after Mandla had the bodies exhumed and transported from their burial site in Qunu to Mvezo more than a year ago.

It is widely believed the final resting place of Mr Mandela's children will dictate where he is buried. Mandla had constructed a visitors' centre in his own village of Mvezo, in preparation for the crowds he expected to flock to Nelson Mandela's grave.

Mandla has fought a bitter battle with Mandela's eldest daughter, Makaziwe, and 15 other family members over the resting place of their relatives' bodies.

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