As Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition in a South African hospital, there's word that his family members have gone to court in a feud over where he should be buried.

Nelson Mandela (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

According to the broadcaster SABC, Mandela's oldest daughter and 15 other family members want the courts to force Mandela's grandson to return the bodies of three of Mandela's children to their original graves in the eastern rural village of Qunu.

The grandson has acknowledged reburying the bodies some 13 miles away in a village where, according to the South African Press Association, he plans to create a Mandela shrine, hotel and soccer stadium.

Nelson Mandela had built his retirement home in Qunu, and was living there until his repeated hospitalizations, which started at the end of last year. He attended the burial of his son at the family plot there in 2005, and it was widely expected that Mandela himself would be buried there.

But that was before his grandson exhumed the bodies of his three children and moved them to the nearby village.