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Mandela grandson loses leadership role over feud

  • Members of The Pretoria Park Choir of the Zion Christian Church sing religious songs in support of former South African President Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated, in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, July 6, 2013. There was no official update Saturday morning on the condition of the 94-year-old former president, who is in critical but stable condition after being diagnosed with a recurring lung infection, but the government has said Mandela is not in a vegetative state - contrary to recent court documents. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

    Members of The Pretoria Park Choir of the Zion Christian Church sing religious songs in support of former South African President Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated, in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, July 6, 2013. There was no official update Saturday morning on the condition of the 94-year-old former president, who is in critical but stable condition after being diagnosed with a recurring lung infection, but the government has said Mandela is not in a vegetative state - contrary to recent court documents. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

  • Women cooking food interact as they celebrate a family member of former South African President Nelson Mandela's, unseen, traditional Xhosa male circumcision ceremony into manhood, near the home of former South African president Nelson Mandela in Qunu, South Africa, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam) SOUTH AFRICA OUT

    Women cooking food interact as they celebrate a family member of former South African President Nelson Mandela's, unseen, traditional Xhosa male circumcision ceremony into manhood, near the home of former South African president Nelson Mandela in Qunu, South Africa, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam) SOUTH AFRICA OUT

  • A South African woman holds a basket of flowers with a candle bearing an image of former South African President Nelson Mandela, outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated, in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, July 6, 2013. There was no official update Saturday morning on the condition of the 94-year-old former president, who is in critical but stable condition after being diagnosed with a recurring lung infection, but the government has said Mandela is not in a vegetative state - contrary to recent court documents.  (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

    A South African woman holds a basket of flowers with a candle bearing an image of former South African President Nelson Mandela, outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated, in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, July 6, 2013. There was no official update Saturday morning on the condition of the 94-year-old former president, who is in critical but stable condition after being diagnosed with a recurring lung infection, but the government has said Mandela is not in a vegetative state - contrary to recent court documents. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

  • A South African man gestures while he and other members of The Pretoria Park Choir of the Zion Christian Church sing songs outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, July 6, 2013. There was no official update Saturday morning on the condition of the 94-year-old former president, who is in critical but stable condition after being diagnosed with a recurring lung infection. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

    A South African man gestures while he and other members of The Pretoria Park Choir of the Zion Christian Church sing songs outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, July 6, 2013. There was no official update Saturday morning on the condition of the 94-year-old former president, who is in critical but stable condition after being diagnosed with a recurring lung infection. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

  • Members of The Pretoria Park Choir of the Zion Christian Church sing religious songs in support of former South African President Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated, in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, July 6, 2013. There was no official update Saturday morning on the condition of the 94-year-old former president, who is in critical but stable condition after being diagnosed with a recurring lung infection, but the government has said Mandela is not in a vegetative state - contrary to recent court documents. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
  • Women cooking food interact as they celebrate a family member of former South African President Nelson Mandela's, unseen, traditional Xhosa male circumcision ceremony into manhood, near the home of former South African president Nelson Mandela in Qunu, South Africa, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam) SOUTH AFRICA OUT
  • A South African woman holds a basket of flowers with a candle bearing an image of former South African President Nelson Mandela, outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated, in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, July 6, 2013. There was no official update Saturday morning on the condition of the 94-year-old former president, who is in critical but stable condition after being diagnosed with a recurring lung infection, but the government has said Mandela is not in a vegetative state - contrary to recent court documents.  (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
  • A South African man gestures while he and other members of The Pretoria Park Choir of the Zion Christian Church sing songs outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, July 6, 2013. There was no official update Saturday morning on the condition of the 94-year-old former president, who is in critical but stable condition after being diagnosed with a recurring lung infection. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

A tribal king in South Africa yesterday removed a grandson of Nelson Mandela from his post of traditional authority, while the former president was still hospitalized in critical condition.

King Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo of the Thembu tribe said Mandla Mandela was being expelled “from all rank of duties” over a family feud, which erupted after it was revealed that the grandson had moved the bodies of three of Nelson Mandela’s children to his village of Mvezo in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province in 2011.

The bodies were recently returned to their original burial site in Mandela’s hometown, Qunu, after Mandela family members went to court to force Mandla Mandela to relinquish control of the remains.

Dalindyebo said that Mandla Mandela, a chief in the Mvezo area, wouldn’t be allowed any involvement in tribal affairs until he apologizes.

“He has not only angered us, he has also angered his own family,” the king said. “So as long as the family does not need him in their premises, we don’t need him in the Madiba clan at all.”

Nelson Mandela, who is often referred to by his clan name, Madiba, has been in a hospital for nearly a month. The family dispute had shocked many South Africans, even prompting a plea from retired archbishop Desmond Tutu for Mandela’s family to settle its differences as a show of respect for the ailing patriarch.

There was no official update yesterday on the condition of the 94-year-old former president, who is in critical but stable condition after being diagnosed with a recurring lung infection. He was taken to a hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, on June 8.

The government has said Mandela is not in a vegetative state, contrary to recent court documents. A close friend told Sky News that the anti-apartheid leader was conscious and responsive earlier this week.

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