Close relatives of Nelson Mandela and chiefs of the Abathembu royal family gathered at his home in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, on Tuesday morning.
The gathering was reportedly in response to an urgent call made by his children, as the anti-apartheid icon lies critically ill in hospital.
On Tuesday the Presidency announced that Madiba’s condition was unchanged and the doctors continued to do their best to ensure his recovery. President Jacob Zuma also restated his appeal for support for Mandela and urged the public to respect the family’s privacy and dignity.
Napilisi Mandela, an elder in the Mandela family who usually presides over the family’s meetings and rituals, confirmed that the meeting was called to discuss delicate matters pertaining to the former president.
Among those who arrived at in Qunu were Mandla Mandela, Thanduxolo Mandela, Ndaba Mandela and Ndileka Mandela. Also present was chief Bhovulengwe of the Abathembu royal council.
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