Close relatives of former president Nelson Mandela and chiefs of the Abathembu royal family gathered at his home in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, on Tuesday morning.
This followed an urgent call reportedly made by his children, a Sapa correspondent reported.
Among those who arrived at the homestead were Mandla Mandela, Thanduxolo Mandela, Ndaba Mandela, and Ndileka Mandela.
Also there was chief Bhovulengwe, of the Abathembu royal council.
The meeting had yet to start by 10.30am. It was delayed because some family members were not aware of the meeting, and attempts were being made to contact them.