Mandla added: “I have been torn apart. As an heir to my father I now find myself with no say as to where he is buried”.
Mr Mandela’s daughters Makaziwe and Zenani are also involved in a legal battle with three of his closest aides George Bizos, Bally Chuene and Tokyo Sexwale, to remove them as directors of Mandela-linked holding companies.
Mr Mandela’s grandson added: “I distance myself from squabbles over Madiba’s money. I am tired of people who use me for short term fame.”
Many of Mr Mandela’s grandchildren have gone into business, some are producers and filmakers and two are starring in a reality TV show called Being Mandela.
Mandla added: “Who are the (real) Mandelas? We seem to be on a Mandela wagon. Everyone wants to be a Mandela.”
According to traditional South African culture, Mr Mandela can only pass away peacefully when he unites his family.