Mandela family got free legal aid meant for poor

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A dispute within the family of Nelson Mandela has come under new scrutiny after a South African university law clinic said it gave free legal aid to a group of the former president’s relatives on the grounds that some are poor.

The family members went to court against a grandson of 95-year-old Mandela who exhumed the anti-apartheid leader’s three deceased children and reburied them. The group won the case with help from the Rhodes University Law Clinic, and the bodies were reburied in their original location.

Some South Africans who believe the Mandela family has ample resources say the legal assistance should have gone to a better cause.

Mandela was hospitalized June 8. The government says he is improving but remains in critical condition.

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