Madiba's granddaughters tweet answers

2013-07-10 13:23
Johannesburg - Two of Nelson Mandela's granddaughters, who star in a family reality television show, took to social networking site Twitter for nine hours to answer questions about their ailing grandfather.

Being Mandela stars Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati Dlamini announced via the show's twitter handle @beingmandela just after 13:00 on Tuesday that they were "answering all your questions and addressing your comments today".

The two are the children of Zenani Mandela, daughter of Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Shortly after that, tweets about Nelson Mandela's health dominated the session.

Carlo Petersen asked about Mandela's reported vegetative state.

"I have no authority to comment on his personal health," was the response from @beingmandela.

He smiles

Journalist Deborah Patta asked if Mandela was communicative, to which @beingmandela responded "he smiles".

Natasha Tay asked if the former president communicated in other ways.

"...with eyes and eye movement," was the response.

Answers to questions about Mandela's health remained evasive, with regular references to the duo's lack of medical knowledge.

Karen Osborn said: "I believe that a person can only stay on life support for so many days, how is this possible?"

The reply was: "That's a question for the doctors, never went to [medical] school. Sorry.

"We are relying on the medical team to advise us and they have been doing an amazing job and most important[ly] we put it in God's hands," they replied.

Recent court debacle

Journalist Kristen van Schie asked if any strategy was discussed to protect the family brand, in light of the recent court debacle about the graves of three of Nelson Mandela's children.

"...listen we are not proud of the way things turned out. They had to happen and at the end we are still family."

When journalist Matthew Savides asked how the family planned to restore the unity, he was told: "We allow the elders of the family to guide us... The unity has never left, it was just one member that decided differently. We will always love our cousin [Mandla]."

Media vultures

Sky News correspondent Robert Nisbet asked if they agreed that the media were behaving like vultures in covering their grandfather's illness.

Nelson Mandela's daughter Makaziwe Mandela said last week that journalists were behaving like vultures outside the Pretoria hospital where he is being treated.

"Some media houses have been terrible, but we know they have a job to do, but we know we have to protect Madiba's rights as a patient," the two said.


  • Albert Brenner - 2013-07-10 13:33

    Oh dear, now they are selling vegetables as well.

      somikazi.pita - 2013-07-10 13:46

      Kwaaaaa! You are funny...

      Bafana.Ndlovu - 2013-07-10 14:55

      Could news24 run a poll on 'ugliest sisters'? Only the Williams sisters would give these two a run

  • Hendrik de Villiers - 2013-07-10 13:49

      DeeTee Chonya - 2013-07-10 14:09

      There will always be a negative to every positive :-). Your critics are welcome and bares no value. a few of those points are correct but as for the rest.... You cannot compare the days of Apartheid to today. I don't even expect any white person to support what I have just said.

  • Herbert Smith - 2013-07-10 13:49

    More confirmation to me that with all respect to a once great man, this whole "Dallas" soapy is now degrading to him, boring to us !!!!!!

  • Sherilyn Diamond Katz - 2013-07-10 13:53

    very well scripted answers. nothing new.

  • Sue Maguire - 2013-07-10 14:10

    Mandashian sisters?

  • Siza Silvester - 2013-07-10 14:25

    What's this? What is this?

  • Alain Makuba Mwamufiya - 2013-07-10 14:28

    they are not Mandelas, they should take their father's surname,

      AlbertBrenner - 2013-07-10 14:38

      Frederik Wilhelm?

      Angela Banda - 2013-07-10 14:49

      Really ? I think they have a right to everything and anything of Mandela just like Mandla . They can even use his surname because his blood is all over them., Aaaaaa

      Dineo Diao - 2013-07-11 18:42

      tht is so true theyr only the mandelas by blood another problem is some of us black people have forgotten our calture&tradition thats y thers this kind of mess,they should realy start to think abaut what mandela would want bcs i think they know him better than we do

  • Bongiwe Dlutu - 2013-07-10 14:31

    The answers are very brilliant..I hope the ''Mandela's'' learn't from their granddaughters/cousins..otherwi..they are not ''Mandela's lol'' suppoosed they use their father's surname (nt mother)

  • Andisw'amatshutsha Gezenga - 2013-07-10 14:37

    I wonder what next then

  • Sydney Maphakge - 2013-07-10 14:50

    Terrible show that

  • Markus Markus - 2013-07-10 14:54

    My question is , What will happen tomorrow if Mandela is no more ? Former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela played his role . What Madiba is suffering from is common in senior citizen of 95 years old .we must not expect miracle . pardon me if I differ with your sentiment

  • John Edgar - 2013-07-10 15:00

    The complain laid by Mandla's lawyer to the law society against family lawyers that in their affidavits claimed that Mandela is in a permanent vegetative state is this true and they misled the court to take inapropreate verdict concerning exhuming of 3 Mandela children

      AlbertBrenner - 2013-07-10 15:06

      Outcome-based Education?

      AlbertBrenner - 2013-07-11 02:23

      Leepile. Outcome-based Education?

  • Gert Van Wyk - 2013-07-10 15:33

    Money Money show us Madiba`s money

  • Asanda Mtsolong Qoboshiyana - 2013-07-10 16:13

    There is nothing wrong in this name they are Mandelas like it or not Mandelaz blood is on their veins they hv de right to use their gr/fathers name if ther was no Mandela ther wil be no Dlaminiz(Zenani) its so unfortunately for those who want to inherit frm others who was nt tot to work fr success(Mandla)

  • Tshepo Ya Tshepang BaMagoro - 2013-07-10 16:21

    Sistas, are you also members of cabinet where you are not allowed to discuss mandelas health with us.

  • Maneo Molefe - 2013-07-11 01:55

    So now anything that has a drop of Mandela in it is now of interest. I love and respect the man but, too much of anything can be toxic.

  • Ioannis Condogiannis - 2013-07-11 06:49

    You are so beyond embarassing ladies. You could only read about the pride and dignity of your grandfather, that is if your Twitter brains could focus long enough to read. It beggars belief that Maki Mandela still goes on about the media respecting your family at this difficult time. Really, does she not have TV to see what you do? You don't care about any of Mandela's rights, only your hairstyles, expensive clothes, money and attention you get from exposing your lives. Shame on you, get a life, and try to prevent yourselves from making a show about it!!

  • Muriel Ann Cameron-Clarke Louden - 2013-07-11 10:55

    Each and every person is entitled to their own opinion.... personally my heart goes out to Madiba who is lying in a hospital bed, no doubt totally unaware of how he is being exploited. No longer do we get up to the minute reports of how he is really doing... just a line of words at the bottom of the TV screen like this morning saying..."He is responding well to treatment" and the very next line saying "He is critical but stable"... Whatever the outcome, why can't he be treated with a little more respect instead of being used all the time to further other's "ambitions in life".. So sad really.. who would ever have thought it would come to this..

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