Mandla Mandela. Picture: SOWETAN
Mandla Mandela. Picture: SOWETAN

A CASE of pointing a firearm was opened in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday against a grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, police confirmed on Wednesday.

The South African Police Service said Mandla Mandela was allegedly involved in an altercation with another man, Mlamli Ngudla, during which he brandished a firearm. The cause of the altercation is not known.

Police spokesman Lt-Col Mzukisi Fatyela said the incident allegedly took place on Monday.

"I am not sure of injuries…. Seemingly there was an injury but the case that has been opened by Mlamli Ngudla is one of pointing a firearm," he said.

Mr Mandela’s spokesman, Freddy Pilusa, dismissed the accusations as "pure fabrication".

"Whoever is making an accusation is fabricating," he said. "That never happened. He never brandished any gun in front of anyone.

"What I understand to have happened is this guy was having lunch with friends and bumped into Mandla’s car while he was extremely drunk. But no one was brandishing any gun. He does not even own a gun."

Earlier this year, Mr Mandela was in the spotlight when he opposed members of his family in the Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha. The matter involved his defiance of his relatives’ wishes when he exhumed the graves of the former president’s three children in Qunu to rebury them in Mvezo village.

The family feud boiled over into a public squabble at a time when his grandfather was still receiving hospital treatment in Pretoria for a recurring lung infection.