A judge ordered Nelson Mandela's grandson to exhume the bodies of three of the anti-apartheid leader's children on Wednesday (July 3) and return them to their original graves, the latest twist in a dispute that has divided South Africa's most famous family.

Judge Lusindiso Pakade, sitting in the regional court in Mthatha, 700 km (450 miles) south of Johannesburg, told 39-year-old Mandla Mandela, the chief of the clan and Mandela's official heir, to comply with the order by 3 pm (1300 GMT).

With 94-year-old Mandela critically ill in a Pretoria hospital, 16 of his family members applied last week for a court order to force Mandla to return the bodies, which were moved two years ago from the village of Qunu, where Mandela grew up.

Mandla had the remains transferred 20 km (12 miles) to his Eastern Cape village of Mvezo. He has not revealed why he reburied them but Mvezo is where Mandela was born and where many South Africans believe Mandla wants the country's first black president to be buried.

The judge rejected all of Mandla's arguments including that he had not been properly served and that the order should be rejected.

The legal team representing Makaziwe and 14 other members of the Mandela family argued that the manner in which Mandla had exhumed the remains of his grandfather's children and moved them to Mvezo was illegal.

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