Mandela's grandchild quits reality show

2012-03-20 10:51
Janice Keogh
Johannesburg – One of former president Nelson Mandela's granddaughters withdrew from a reality show about her and her cousins' lives.

Dorothy Adjoa Amauh, 27, the granddaughter of Mandela and his first wife, Evelyn, withdrew from the series titled Life + Legacy as she has business interests in a large company and will be too busy to film the series.

When Beeld asked her about the series in February, Amauh just said: "I'm not doing it anymore."

Cameo roles

Swati Dlamini, 34, and her sister Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway, 32, also granddaughters of Mandela, will continue with the programme, which was announced to the media in September.

This will involve a local production team capturing their every move in their respective homes in Johannesburg.

The sisters speak with heavy American accents after living in exile in America. Dlamini is a single mother and Dlamini-Manaway is married to an American and has three children.

According to Damien Brown, CEO of New Vision Pictures, filming of the series started in November in Johannesburg.

Although Amauh will not have a permanent role in the programme, she will still have cameo roles and according to Brown, other members of the Mandela family will also make appearances at times.

Local channel

Brown was very secretive about when and on which channel the first episode will be broadcast.

He did however confirm that a local channel has agreed to broadcast the show.

Graeme Swanepoel of New Vision Pictures is the director of the series and Rick Leed is the producer.

Leed is also the producer of popular American reality TV show Dr 90 210 and met the Mandela granddaughters when he visited South Africa with Dr Robert Rey in 2011.


  • Faizie - 2012-03-20 11:26

    Rather do a series on the son of King Goodwill, Simakade Jackson Zulu, who has children but does pay child support. Then with my begging bowl I can pay the school fees

  • Gershon Hutchinson - 2012-03-20 12:00

    Mean while back in Grabouw

      Ally - 2012-03-20 12:34

      Many of the hooligans in Grabouw are Mandela's "children". If Nelson's offspring want to be in the spotlight they should start by doing some good in this country and not just mincing down the red carpet in their designer threads.

  • Irene - 2012-03-20 13:30

    Oh who actually gives a toss! Maybe she also realised that nobody is likely to watch this rubbish anyway.

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-20 15:40

    I would have never thought she's remotely related to Mandela- she looks so...kwerekwere #justsaying

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-20 15:41

    She looks so...kwere...would have never thought she's related to Madiba.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-20 17:16

    who if maybe she was like some kind of mariam makeba...ha ha ha.

  • Liesl - 2012-03-21 08:44

    o what do we care about you alls american african mandela people go make some money with somethin else

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