Mandela was mischievous: granddaughter Nandi

By Kirstin Buick
15 December 2013

Madiba was a mischievous man, his granddaughter Nandi Mandela said on Sunday.

Nandi Mandela speaks at her grandfather's funeral in Qunu Nandi Mandela speaks at her grandfather's funeral in Qunu Former president Nelson Mandela was a mischievous man, his granddaughter Nandi Mandela said on Sunday.

Speaking at Mandela's funeral in Qunu, Eastern Cape, she described him as a disciplinarian, who would force his grandchildren to clean up after themselves. She said her "Tat' Mkhulu" (grandfather) loved to share stories about his youth, and loved to poke fun at himself. Nandi Mandela recalled a story she and the other grandchildren heard from Mandela. He told them he was embarrassed when he went to dinner at the house of the family of a girl he was trying to impress. He could not use a knife and fork, and the chicken kept jumping off his plate, Nandi Mandela said.

'He was a lot of fun to be around and he was a great storyteller'

She said they were proud of him, and would miss him greatly.

"People always talk about his achievements, but he was a lot of fun to be around and he was a great storyteller," she said, on behalf of Mandela's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

"He had a great sense of humour. Last year, we missed hearing his voice."

However, he was also a strict grandfather.

"He made the kids pick up their clothes before school," she said.

She said Mandela always did good, which in turn inspired everyone around him to do good, even his family.

"We are proud of his achievements and we want to make him proud."

Mandela should send greetings to their ancestors, she said.

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