Mandela Welcomes 8th Great-grandchild

Mandla Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela and the chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council, with his wife, Nobubele, had just welcomed their first child.

Nelson Mandela and his relatives yesterday gathered at his homestead to celebrate and welcome his eighth great-grandchild.

The child, born in a private hospital in Johannesburg two weeks ago, was placed into 93-year old Mandela’s arms before he was asked to give him a name.

Preparations for the private family ritual to appease the ancestors and welcome the child to the family’s homestead started on Thursday.

On Friday, Mandla said they were very happy as a family, especially since Dalibhunga [the praise name for Mandela] is still alive to welcome and name his great-grandchild.

Mandela arrived in Qunu on July 14, having recovered from a respiratory infection, accompanied by members of his security detail and his medical team.

A relative who saw him at the family homestead this week said Mandela appeared to be in “good health”, although he spends most of the time sleeping.

Last June, Nelson Mandela lost a great-grandchild, 13-year-old Zenani, when she was killed in a car accident in Johannesburg on her way home from the kick-off concert celebrating the opening of the World Cup.

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