Cameras 'spying' on Mandela - report

2011-12-15 08:10

 Cape Town - News agencies have been using CCTV cameras to spy on former president Nelson Mandela’s home in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, Timeslive reported on Thursday.

Chieftainess Nokwanele Balizulu, who lives opposite Mandela’s house, confirmed to The Times that she gave Reuters and AP news agencies permission to install cameras, but would not admit to being paid for having done so.

A police task team was sent to investigate the security breach.

AP spokesperson Paul Colford said: "They are not surveillance cameras. Along with other media, the AP has preparedness around Mr Mandela's eventual passing. The AP cameras were not switched on and would only be used in the event of a major news story involving the former president."

Colford added: ''We had similar preparedness outside the Vatican ahead of Pope John Paul II's passing.''

The task team is also investing other cameras set up in the area, one of those belonging to the SABC.

Kaizer Kganyago, spokesperson for the SABC, said he was unaware of it.

  • Dean Kenad - 2011-12-15 08:14

    What if he lives till 120yrs are they gona remove the cameras? He is not even sick yet

      Squeegee - 2011-12-15 08:37

      This is sick. Everyone just waiting for him to die so that they can get an exclusive. Show the man some dignity.

      James - 2011-12-15 09:05

      SIck fecking parasites

      Fumanchu - 2011-12-15 09:41

      This should not be allowed. Let the man who has done so much for our country have some dignity and get some peace. Vulture Scum!

      Donovan - 2011-12-15 09:53

      Yes and you lot will be the first to read/listen to/consume the news obtained in this manner. Look within yourself and ask WHY they put the cameras there. To keep YOU happy.

      Jannie - 2011-12-15 10:45

      He is not sick - because he is not like others on his way to jail....

      jurgen.eksteen - 2011-12-15 10:50

      I agree ... they will have to keep up with media trends. After a decade they will probably have to upgrade the cameras to stereoscopic cameras for 3D :p

      Kala - 2011-12-15 16:47

      Mandela lives in Houghton.

  • Jono - 2011-12-15 08:14

    They just playing a little bit of...i spy with my little eye...

  • Barefoot - 2011-12-15 08:17

    A little bit too soon for BigBrother

      Hugh - 2011-12-15 08:40

      Oh so we do not have big brother now. What do you call Fica and Rica. What do you call the myraid of laws that allow the ANC and other governments to track your every move without your permission used under guise protecting you against crime. Did you know for instance that all the data collected for a UK visa is given to the US and other agencies. It is never distroyed. Every time you ask for a visa the last answers are compared to the older. Already we have facial reconition software used for driver licences. Imagine the big brother capability once the government introduce the planned Bio ID.

      Barefoot - 2011-12-15 08:45

      he he he what's with the 3rd Degree?

      Corné - 2011-12-15 09:08

      @Hugh You sound like someone with something to hide...

      cheryl.kristiansen - 2011-12-15 09:57

      @Hugh. Shoo, what a little outburst! A tad paranoid maybe? Not to mention very off topic. Take a chill pill and enjoy the festive season - but watch out for the cameras in the shopping malls!!! Oh, and did you read 1984? Committed it to memory did you?

  • Larry - 2011-12-15 08:19

    Thats what the paparazzi do. Maybe they know something that we don't yet know?

  • Sharmay - 2011-12-15 08:23

    Effing vultures.

      raegan.mcreed - 2011-12-15 10:53

      scavengers more like it......

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-12-15 08:23

    What is the big deal? He's a famous bloke, it happens.

  • Michael - 2011-12-15 08:23

    All I can say is god help us when he dies. Watch the ANC then...

      Hugh - 2011-12-15 08:32

      Oh what Crap you think. The ANC do not care a jot about whether Mandela lives or Dies. Yes they will loose the greatest piece of engineered myth in the worlds history but when it comes to the day to day running and anti anything that is black Malema has given due warning. Mandela was and remains a disciplined smiling puppet of the ANC. To have supported a known criminal to presidency is despicable and shows an underlying lack of inegtrity

      glenlivetschoolhouse - 2011-12-15 08:37

      i dont know if you saw the youtube clip a few weeks ago of him listening to music but it was shocking how he looked and couldnt move . no wonder they deleted it.

      Barefoot - 2011-12-15 09:00

      Hugh 'm gona go a bit racisty and say despicable corrupt or not this country has a lot to thank him for especially white residents that he didn't go all Idi Amin and Mugabe on em (if this comment is racist please do report it and news24 delete it)

      Moss - 2011-12-15 09:14

      Not only are you ignorant but airhead!!

  • sibiya.nqubeko - 2011-12-15 08:25


      Theo - 2011-12-15 08:44

      You should be ashamed of yourself for encouraging this! That man has done so much for the country and the world, we should be wishing him MANY MORE years not looking forward to his death. Theo

      sibiya.nqubeko - 2011-12-15 08:49


      sibiya.nqubeko - 2011-12-15 10:33


  • desmond.subramani - 2011-12-15 08:36

    "The task team is also "investing" other cameras set up in the area" .. Nice English!.

  • miyo27 - 2011-12-15 08:37

    this is just sad..the greedy news agencies gettign ready for Mr Mandela to die so that they can be the first to "break the news" and sell the pictures....just wrong wrong WRONG!

  • Mathoho Mpho Maxwell - 2011-12-15 08:38

    The only thing the care about is money money, how on earth they can be allowed to do that, its disrepect to Tata, its rubbish what this people are doing, they must die before Him, you cant wish for someone's death, long live Tata long live. Eix

  • helen.derobillard - 2011-12-15 08:39

    This is disgusting

  • Phumezo - 2011-12-15 08:44

    Confirming once more that Comrade Siyabonga Cwele the state security minister was right about foreign spies operating within our borders! If they can do this to Mandela we cannot help to wonder where else are they planting their cameras! Who is paranoid now DA and your Right2Know bafoons?

      Peter - 2011-12-15 09:29

      maybe if your hero "Comrade Siyabonga Cwele the state security minister" ensured that our borders were being patrolled, we wouldnt have foreign scum fleeing into our country and messing everything up.. go ask him where the cameras are. im pretty sure he knows!

  • Elle-Black - 2011-12-15 08:47

    Ethic and morals are clearly extinct in this era,why would you want set up cameras around someone's house just in case they kick the bucket? I hope he lives for another 50 years and outlives the very same bastards that set up the cameras

  • Dane Skyman October - 2011-12-15 08:48

    how sick is this really!!??

  • Craig - 2011-12-15 08:55

    I would hazard a guess that every single commentator here would be the first to cry foul if, in the event of Mandela's death, they didn't get 24/7, live-streaming, in-depth coverage of Mandela's house and surrounds. Wepinf chieftanesses, sobbing kids, blank-eyed goats etc, etc ad nauseam. Did we all forget that we are the media. We are the consumers. We demand hectic invasive footage of every single aspect of other people's lives, so why would we suddenly be different when it comes to Mandela? Saying that the media is "out of control" is simply saying we are ravenous consumers who demand gore and emotion.

  • Itumeleng - 2011-12-15 08:59


  • Nkululeko Coobra Gwadiso - 2011-12-15 09:00

    this is the sickest thing I've ever heared in ma lyf & I wonder what does the media watch dog say abt this.......

  • TenRas1 - 2011-12-15 09:04

    Wtf!!! anyway we shouldn't worry, those cameras are going to be stolen...welcome to SA lol

  • psmogotsi - 2011-12-15 09:08

    South African politics.

  • Moss - 2011-12-15 09:11

    Media freedom haa!!

  • Mashudu - 2011-12-15 09:12

    now this is way out of control. Mr. Mandela need privacy and leave him alone!

      alex.sinsamala - 2011-12-15 19:39


  • Cosmos O'Ndebele - 2011-12-15 09:14

    Importing Western media culture into S.A, preparing for his eventual passing' someone has guts to say this!!!!??

      davieoosie - 2011-12-15 14:01

      Cosmos - Western Media culture? Most media culture is western. What is african media culture, a couple of masai warriors jumping next to the fence and report what's going on?

  • annelize.jerling - 2011-12-15 09:18

    How sick!

  • Dane - 2011-12-15 09:21

    WoW talk about having your own Big Brother Show lol But this is sick, whats next betting on how many years he has left?

  • Ann - 2011-12-15 09:22

    This is disgusting.... like vultures hanging around, waiting for Madiba to die! Give the man some peace and quiet and let him live out his last years with dignity!

  • Robsschele - 2011-12-15 09:27

    This is really sick and inconsiderate. To sit and wait with cameras for when someone is going to die. When he dies I hope it will be in a military hospital where no access will be granted to the press. To know what happens in your country is important but at least do the reporting with some dignity.

  • Seja - 2011-12-15 09:28

    This is insane!! the old man retired from public life so he could have privacy far away from cameras! now the same cameras follow him deep into the bundus to make public his every move?? ... I suspect that crazy grandson of his is behind this - that dude is willing to sell anything thats Mandela related to the highest bidder!!

  • FerretGee - 2011-12-15 09:35

    Shades of the "News Of The World" phone hacking scandal!! The press will do anything for a story.

  • Jackie - 2011-12-15 09:47

    Thats so rude! What about privacy? They are hanging about like vultures. Leave him alone to enjoy his old age peacefully.

  • cheryl.kristiansen - 2011-12-15 09:52

    This is in such bad taste. I hope he doesn't know about it. Please lets not allow our press to become like the papparazi in the U.S and England. Sis, have they no shame?

  • Ditantane - 2011-12-15 09:57

    this is why i supported the info bill

  • lubabalo.mgqatsa - 2011-12-15 09:58

    A right to privacy for everyone.

  • laity.mopai - 2011-12-15 09:58

    Please can we pay some respect for uTata. This is sick all in the name of money. come on guys

  • MakaNyawuzenkukhu - 2011-12-15 10:20

    Tat'mkhulu remains our pride, our value and our asset nor matter what!!! Society without seniors is not good enough, talking of a figure who shaped the world by his personal sacrifices is more touching.It's unbeleivable that you journalists you prepare and plan for one's death what's going on in your minds? How will you feel if your life days are counted also, be realistic. You must respect Mr Mandela & his family feelings also, losing the loved one is not a drama. Plz just back off with your useless knowledge and wait for God's decision about Madiba's life. SA has not to be such a loose country, Mkhulu's rights and privacy remain crucial and no one can override them. During apartheid era there is no evidence of invasion of privacy of so called white public figures although it was also of public interest to know every move.

  • Tebogo - 2011-12-15 10:56

    This is sick and disturbing. All in the name of tabloit news. The media is out of control. And they complain about the secrecy bill. This is absolutely hogwash. The old man wants to be left alone in peace and they are dishing out the contrary. Remember the Murdock rubbish... its here, feel it...

  • raegan.mcreed - 2011-12-15 10:56

    hope they dont show coverage of him on the new porn channels..

      davieoosie - 2011-12-15 14:04

      The mere thought of it! What's seen can not be unseen.

  • Hangwani - 2011-12-15 10:57

    Remove those cameras, eish....The chief have been paid for the cameras to be placed there. He must be investigated. Money the root of all evil.

  • Zanele - 2011-12-15 11:02

    Mr. Mandela is re-leaving all the years that were stolen from him whilst in prison, so he is not going nowhere anytime soon. Only God knows when he'll pass... others will just have to chill and let the man enjoy the fruits of his life. remember his years could still be returned to him a hundred folks brace yourself for a long wait.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-15 11:26

    A bunch of vultures waiting for their prey! But with new bill about to be passed I suppose desperate times call for desperate measures hey?

  • NtombiMasbeu - 2011-12-15 11:27

    this is really madness what on earth they wish to achieve by spying on our Grandfather. they make me sickkkkkk...damn

  • NtombiMasbeu - 2011-12-15 11:29

    i personally will never forgive them for putting those cameras, He has brought us our freedom now they want to c His every move for waht. crazy

  • nmunyai - 2011-12-15 11:33

    Leave the old man alone...lets have some aside...

  • acsteyn - 2011-12-15 11:42

    nd your tacticts. You represent that reprehensible side of journalism that everyone despises with a passion. You and your kind stink.

  • Clarissa - 2011-12-15 12:11

    I am a proud Journo!! And, what about never giving you any news! What would you comment on then? What do you think will happen if Tata dies? huh? The entire world press will be on our soil! Every news agency trying to cover the story of the greatest icon! And, U GUYS will be reading every newspaper, listen to the news and watching telly!! Just to add a little more spice... Haha!! Obits around the world have already been written on his life!! Guess why!! Because he is the greatest icon ever! And, timelines need to be drawn up to provide YOU with the facts of his life! Stop being so narrow minded! If not, stop consuming news if you can't face the facts of what journalism is all about! We never choose sides! We are on our own side! Only to provide a service to the sheep out there...

      raegan.mcreed - 2011-12-15 12:24

      and i guess you journo's are the wolves in sheep clothing, lol

      Twolips - 2011-12-15 20:23

      Clarissa. The negative comments come from people who are not uses to much. They don't realise that for any journalism to take place in a country as big as ours does need some forethought. In the EU and the Americas the journos have access to fast modes of transport to any place where something happens, unlike here in SA.

      Twolips - 2011-12-15 20:24


  • Nico - 2011-12-15 12:49

    Move the cameras to Shaik's home and Selebi's cell.

  • Michael - 2011-12-15 14:48

    all you people moaning about the cameras,will be the first to turn on the tv and buy the newspapers to see what happened when that terrorist does die.where do you think those pictures come from?

      Mpho Ndlovu - 2011-12-16 05:36

      Frow your ass heh, where else?

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-15 15:07

    As usual sensationalism where it doesn't exist. Next we will be taking down tourists for snapping picture in the street. ooh hes got a camera, lets arrest him before he takes a photo......yea right

  • Tanie - 2011-12-15 15:47


  • owamin1 - 2011-12-15 16:36

    This is unbelievable! Even vultures have the decency to actually wait until their target stops moving before they pounce. That it was "approved" by some "chieftainess" (whatever that means)makes this even more sordid. Mother nature has a way of dealing with such vultures. They just may see their ancestors much sooner than Madiba seeing his.