Madiba’s daughter enjoys a largely media-free birthday

2011-02-05 13:09

Former president Nelson Mandela’s daughter, Zenani Dlamini, enjoyed a largely media-free birthday at her father’s house in Houghton today.

Dlamini earlier issued a media statement requesting privacy as she celebrated her birthday with friends and family at Mandela’s home.

“Please note that later today I will be celebrating my birthday with my family and friends at my father’s house.

“I would like to urge members of the media to afford us the privacy to celebrate this occasion without any intrusion,” the statement read.

The only media at the house were foreign correspondents, who have been camping outside the house since last week after the elderly statesman’s health scare.

Guest’s cars were seen parked outside the plush Houghton residence for the function, while a few were seen driving out of the large gates.

The only evidence of the birthday party held inside was a neighbour and two children spotted walking out of the house with pink and brown cupcakes in hand.

Guests came in and out in small numbers, with some freely strolling to their cars and chatting to each other briefly outside before departing.

The last update on the 92-year-old’s health was issued on Thursday, with Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane saying that the former ANC president was in “good health”.

“Our former state president is recovering well,” Chabane told journalists during a post-Cabinet briefing in Pretoria.
“Things are going very well.”

Chabane said Mandela had expertise and doctors around him “all the time”.

From the day Mandela was discharged from hospital – after developing a respiratory infection – local and international media have held a vigil outside his home.

The presidency has promised to provide information on developments around Mandela’s health after a near two-day media blackout when he was admitted to the Milpark Hospital.

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