Mandela daughter slams media 'vultures'

2013-06-27 14:35

Johannesburg - Nelson Mandela's eldest daughter on Thursday slammed the "crass" media frenzy around her critically ill father, likening the press to vultures.

Mandela accused the foreign media of "a racist element" by crossing cultural boundaries and being a "nuisance" at her father's Pretoria hospital where he is on life support.

"It's like truly vultures waiting when a lion has devoured a buffalo, waiting there you know for the last carcasses, that's the image that we have as a family," Makaziwe Mandela told the state broadcaster SABC.

"And we don't mind the interest but I just think that it has gone overboard."

As well as staking out the hospital, journalists had also camped out during the family's visit this week to Mandela's childhood village, in the rural Eastern Cape.

"They violate all boundaries," she said.

"Is it because we're an African country that people just feel they can't respect any laws of this country, they can violate everything in the book? I just think it's in bad taste, it's crass," she added.


Updates on Mandela's health are strictly controlled via the presidency but this has not stopped hordes of foreign and local media flocking to his hospital, village of Qunu and his Johannesburg home.

Mandela said her father's status as a global icon did not mean that his privacy and dignity should not be respected.

"Tata (father) deserves his privacy and dignity and this family deserves that," she said.

"And if people say they really care about Nelson Mandela, then they should respect that, then they should respect that there's a part of him that has to be respected.

"It doesn't mean that everything of his has to be out there in the public. I don't think so, I don't agree with that."

  • Ann Murray - 2013-06-27 14:40

    No more vulture-like than you and your sibling fighting for the rights to the paintings. Sometimes notoriety has a price to pay and unfortunately you should remember that your father was a hero in the whole world's eyes. Some of the journalists may be there with "not so good intention", but overall, I think they generally mean well by fulfilling a job they have been tasked to carry out.

      Janicemcmaster - 2013-06-27 14:43

      Absolutely, at least she knows what being like a vulture is all about!!!!!

      Sht Stirrer - 2013-06-27 14:58

      I'm still trying to figure out what is "racist" about the journalists. IMHO any black person who uses that word without real cause, is by implication one him/herself.

      Abanya Way - 2013-06-27 14:58

      they weren't called vultures when the world held its breath waiting for Mandela to be released from jail and the media frenzy around that!

      DumAss Blackie - 2013-06-27 15:16

      Little Makaziwe - if it wasn't for the media, your daddy wouldn't be the hero he is today and neither would there be millions for you and your siblings to be 'vulturing' over... Ungrateful b.....!!

      Phill Sarefa - 2013-06-27 21:36

      And she said these on SABC. I'm not sure if Vuyo Mvoko and Sophie mkoena are not journalists. So she criticises vultures with other vultures. Maybe some journalists are more vultures than others.

  • Livhuwani Lybon Tshihatu - 2013-06-27 14:41

    I agree with her, to a certain limit

      Jean Tredoux - 2013-06-27 15:14

      Whatever, she's just upset cos she realizes now that owning a media company could have been another way to milk her father of more moola!

  • Perold Kotze - 2013-06-27 14:41

    "Tata (father) deserves his privacy and dignity and this family deserves that," she said. And he has it. He is in a room where only family is allowed. They think they are above everybody else. If nobody was at the hospital, they would probably say his people don't care. ATTENTION SEEKER!!!

      Olga Mabaso - 2013-06-27 15:16

      how these journos disturb Mr.Mandela? Maybe they disturb government cars/convoys but not Our Tata..

      Perold Kotze - 2013-06-27 17:58

      Is she now going to chase the 93 year old who came from the Eastern Cape to be and pray for her icon? Think before you open your mouth!!!!

  • John Block - 2013-06-27 14:45

    Takes one to know one.

  • Donovan Dunn - 2013-06-27 14:51

    What law is there that says you cant wait outside a hospital to hear news about the iminent passing of one of the biggest global icons of the last 50 years? If anything she should be humble that the world all respect Madiba enough to want to be there a the end. Funny how she doesnt mention the citizens camped outside the exact same places. To claim a racist element from the media is both trivial and absolutely factless. What a shame she had to stick her snout infront of the cameras to spit that rubbish out.

      Carmen Tatum M - 2013-06-27 14:59

      agree with u Donovan

  • Abanya Way - 2013-06-27 14:57

    How can they be called racist? I sm SO over the pathetic cry of racism whenever someone who is not of Caucasian decent perceves unfair treatment. Build a bridge and get over it already.

      Olga Mabaso - 2013-06-27 15:33

      NOT like Father like daughter! No!

      Darkman Guluva - 2013-06-27 17:04

      abanya racism/apartheid is not something you get over easily especially in a country where over 80% of the economy is still controlled by white supremist regime. To educate you a little on racism maybe you donot understand the concept... Different races have different cultures and when you violate those boundries you are being racist. Example: if a muslim women dies in the morning her body must be burried before 24hours pass and if any one (of a different culture) disrespects this it will be legally regarded as racism, and when Xhosa family is faced a critical illness of their leader of head of the house it is a norm that the family should be given space to care for the ill in peace. I understand that Mr. Mandela is a public figure (Globally) and media frenzies come with the territory and the Mandela Family should try to get more security in the hospital he is in so that they can regulate the ins and outs of the media!!!

      Marisca Joubert - 2013-06-28 08:41

      Ins and outs of the media? they are waiting outside and not allowed near the hospital room. honestly the crap people come up with

  • Joe Maritz - 2013-06-27 15:02

    Now it's racist, what kind, especially from her who is fighting over her fathers things before he is gone. What kind ??

      Sht Stirrer - 2013-06-27 15:04

      Vulture. SQUAWK.

  • Lorraine Polson - 2013-06-27 15:04

    Vultures indeed. Classic case of the pot calling the kettle black

  • Andreas Tsouris - 2013-06-27 15:04

    all people must leave Nelson Mandela alone with his sickness,let the sick man get better and stop calling the overseas media the Vultures. When calling Mandella the Icon you say nothing. A. C. T

  • Louis Eloff Jnr - 2013-06-27 15:11

    What about covering a big story with worldwide interest by camping out in the vicinity is unlawful in this country?

  • Gerhardus Badenhorst - 2013-06-27 15:13

    She sounds a bit dodgy to me. Just wondering why you would bother with such statements when your father is in a critical state. I think she is frustrated that she cannot proceed with taking all his money now that the media has its eye on everything Mandela related.

  • Peter Tarr - 2013-06-27 15:17

    I understand her point, but the family must also appreciate the fact that people all over the world care about him as if he were their own father. Our hunger for the latest news is because of our concern, not heartless curiosity

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-27 15:19

    Oh!Lord. even on the deathbed of this great man, the race card has to be drawn. This family is not worthy of him, they really aren't.

  • Ntobeh Faith Nzuza - 2013-06-27 15:21

    Mxm, I wonder why she used 'racists'. And whether she will be happy if she went outside the hospital to see that the media is gone, and no one is writing about Madiba on newspapers. This to me shows that she does not care at all about his father, if she did, she wouldn't have taken him to court for his assets that he worked so hard for. Sisi our Tata deserves out attention, just like he gave us when he stopped apartheid 18/19 years ago. And it not like the media is hiding underneath his bed. So instead of complaining, pray for your father, our icon. Thank you bye

      Nicole van der Velde - 2013-06-27 16:23

      She has no concept of what her father actually did, she was too young, so if I was her I would shut up and grow up. This apple definitely falls from another tree and miles away.

  • reggie.reginald.3110 - 2013-06-27 15:23

    It isn't a frenzy when she is filmed for money on FOX by the same media the greedy dog !!

  • Fezile Russ - 2013-06-27 15:23


  • Flynn Govender - 2013-06-27 15:23

    People make a person an ICON so why can't the people who supported Mandela be there right till the end. The world is so gracious of what Mandela has done in SA

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-27 15:24

    Come to think of it. After Madiba is gone this family has nothing to seek the limelight with. In six months time who will remember them?. He was the one that counted and none of them can follow in his footsteps. No wonder she is a sour puss.

      Clive Mthembu - 2013-06-27 15:29

      All she wants is respect and privacy for her father is that so difficult to understand? who said they want to be in the lime light?

      Marisca Joubert - 2013-06-28 08:50

      @Clive. I do not understand. Mandela is in a private hospital room. No one but family, friends and doctors allowed. No media - or do you see pictures of him in his hospital bed in the media?

  • Olga Mabaso - 2013-06-27 15:24

    if journos are not there, how The World will know? From Zoom and Mac strictly? They want to be The Only Source? Why we never hear Doctors updates?

  • reggie.reginald.3110 - 2013-06-27 15:29

    Where would she be without her father, not living in New York making comments about the press, I can guarantee that. !

      Darkman Guluva - 2013-06-27 17:30

      I filly agree with you on that one but answer me this where would white people be without the crippling apartheid that gave them power to take over the resources of the country and then gave it back in scraps. Please do not make such a remark coz it implies that a Black woman doesn't have the intellectual capacity to make it in life and the only way for blacks to make they must do extra ordinary things like Mandela did and what appauls me with yr comment you say it pride and you do not even comprehend the fact that it has racial conontations. Re-evaluate your stand as a South African and stop making destructive racial slares on media platforms. No offense intended just stating the facts

  • Nicole Smith - 2013-06-27 15:32

    What a moron! Her father is an international hero. The world wants news of how he is doing.

  • Andrew M - 2013-06-27 15:32

    Lets put it this way if no media were present would she say the people do not care? After all this man has world status and people are interested in the man as such. Were the media called racist when Princess Diana died, I dont think so.

  • Richard Scully - 2013-06-27 15:39

    She should talk. I heard the interview, playing the ANC racist card again...pretty disgusting woman

  • Clarke Laverne - 2013-06-27 15:51

    "Mandela accused the foreign media of "a racist element" by crossing cultural boundaries and being a "nuisance" at her father's Pretoria hospital where he is on life support." A little late for that. Cultural bounderies were crossed when "Being Mandela" was aired on TV. Once a public figure, always a public figure..............

  • Langelihle Simela - 2013-06-27 15:52

    I feel her frustration of losing her dad to the country and the world throughout her life and even in his last days. I wish her and the entire Mandela family all the strength they need to go through this trying period.

  • Grace Hendricks - 2013-06-27 15:56

    Shame on you Maki, you don't know how to handle all the attention that your father is getting, you know he was a public figure for years. You will be the downfall of his legacy. Not so long ago you wanted to sue him for his own belongings, now you wants to sing the concerned daughter, where is Graca, the wife of your father, she has the last say. She won't go on like this because she knows how to behave towards the public. The media and others must not entertain you anymore. Your attitude sucks.

      Nicole van der Velde - 2013-06-27 16:35

      well said Grace - racism my "derriere" she lives in New York, she is only here to Gloat and claim. and for her sins she will get pissed off every time Mandela is mentioned in the future. No one one will ever fill his shoes. Id say bit jealous of daddy ....

  • Sonnyboy Mathebula - 2013-06-27 16:28

    i think she must be stressed

  • gr8girl786 - 2013-06-27 16:31

    What does she expect...his a world icon. Surely the media wants to know whats happening. If they just stick to the truth then maybe everyone will stop speculating .

  • Al Loots - 2013-06-27 16:34

    BS. When the media is there to boost your image, or relay the truth then they are your friends. Lol.

      Erna Westdyk - 2013-06-27 17:13

      My thoughts exactly.

  • Grace Hendricks - 2013-06-27 16:35

    Maki, be the african that you are talking about. Take that wig off, take the pearls off, and wear beads.

  • Darkman Guluva - 2013-06-27 16:51

    Eish South Africans are the only people in the world who would have differences in a time of need. Our Global Hero Mr. Rholihlahla Nelson Mandela is in a critical state in hospital and we are not honouring him with his due respect. I am not racist at all but I know white South Africans have a culture of turnishing people's images but sensatializing media reports. In our culture as black people we never take note of this as we believe in the saying "Sticks & Stones... But words will never harm me" This ignorant culture amongst black politicians in particular should stop as a leaders image determines his leadwrship capacity. Our President Jacob Zuma was under fire years back about him having more than one wife and that was a direct racial discrimination on his Zulu culture as people called him names, which to me is a sign of enforcement of the western culture to people who follow their own customs. I do not necessary agree with Pres. Zuma but who am I to judge as I have my own skeletons in the closet and trust me we all do but other cultures have mastered the art of secrecy. I pray that God's will take place with our father's health as only him knows his day of moving over to the other side, all I can say I am a proud middle aged South African who recognises the greatness of our Hereos who fought against apartheid!!! Disclamer: The comment expressed here is in no way meant as a racial slare or as means of degrading any cultural belief. It is the sole opnion of Luyanda Mnuna and does not necessary represent that of Media24.

  • Moss Kop - 2013-06-27 16:52

    U wrong. Th media is there to inform the south african and the world about Tata. Note we fought for his realise from prison.

  • Ilhaam Solomons - 2013-06-27 16:53

    Haibo, sisi. Ur dad played a part in all our lives, whether we met him or not. Take the time out to address the nation from time to time, as we are all genuinely concerned about Tata. Such a selfless person to raise such a selfish kid. Racism is a petty escape, we all fought for this country, black, white, colored, Indian, u name it. So please DO build that bridge and cross it, sisi. Or in lay men's terms, get over yourself

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-06-27 17:04

    And yet its OK for the anc to be canvassing and handing out T-shirts - with zuma's face on them, nogal. Utterly bad taste and shameless!

      Olga Mabaso - 2013-06-27 22:25

      with ZOOOMAs face???

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-06-27 17:14

    She now brings culture and respect into the picture but its all out the window when you get paid to display your private life all over TV. What would this family be known for if it wasn't for Mr Mandela? They are stinking rich because of him.

  • Jean Steyn - 2013-06-27 17:37

    Please refrain from using the word '' slams ''. One sees it every day in News24 headlines and it's not good English.

  • Lunga Dweba - 2013-06-27 17:43

    I come from the Eastern Cape, not far from Qunu, Dr Mandela’s home. I stay in Pretoria & I visit the hospital regularly to express my appreciation and show support. I take pictures and talk to people who are probably there for the same reasons. I don’t force my way to the hospital or demand to see or speak to Tatomkhulu Mandela or his medical team. AM I RACIST...? I ask this question because I think that’s more or less what the media outside the hospital is doing.

  • Fox Trixter - 2013-06-27 18:09

    True. They are vultures waiting for a scoop! sies

  • Leon Kemp - 2013-06-27 18:17

    What a ridiculous statement! Pick only the response that suits them! So its crass for media to report, but its fine for the ANC to bus in hundreds of supporters and using the "private family " matter as an election platform!

  • Phill Sarefa - 2013-06-27 19:19

    Privacy is Mandela's right. But to call journalists vultures is very rude. These Mandela daughters are spoilt. Are they not the ones who fought with his lawyers for his millions while he was sick? I think the media contributed in making Mandela what he is by highlighting the issues he fought for. Sister, grow up. It is the same vultures that make the world know about his conditions and thus pray for him.

  • Machiavelli Moore - 2013-06-27 21:19

    Makaziwe you're a disgrace to your fathers legacy.

  • Mike - 2013-06-27 21:43

    Racist... Hahaha... OMW...

  • Tugwana - 2013-06-27 22:34

    Where was she during Madiba's trial? Where was she during those world wide protests calling for the release of her father? Where was she when Madiba was released from jail? When was she during Madiba's inauguration? The media has been there all this time, just like when he's undergoing treatment. I suppose if the media wasn't, she'd accuse them of being racists for not caring. She must just stop being a drama queen and learn to deal with the media; they are doing their jobs. That's how we've always got breaking news nonetheless. What an ungrateful, spoilt hypocrite. By the way where has she been all these years? We know her not except Zenani & Zindzi.

  • Emily Cherry - 2013-06-27 22:48

    Why complain about something so stupid.Mandela is highly respected worldwide not you or your relatives.His life is in Gods hands.I suggest that all of you think before you speak you might just embarrass tata.

  • Lindiloopz Papapetros - 2013-06-27 23:25

    With all due respect, Madiba is a beloved Tata to all of us. We too suffer each day in the knowledge of Your Fathers walk to Freedom and aspire, if not feel so sad that a Prisoner could endure suffering, yet become a Preident and love his Nation without hatred, self pity, or self indulgence. Of course the media and every citizen feels for a Man that walked , suffered, was a labled a terriorist , including the United States Of America. We are all praying,Our Madiba an absolute treasure, Gentle Giant ,may he be restored to health. Miracles Never Cease.Tata Walked The Walk.

  • Israel - 2013-06-28 00:13

    Where does she get this crap from by stating "a racist element" plus the Mandela clan is nothing else but disgusting "VULTURES" who cannot wait to put their paws on his millions!!!!!

  • Marisca Joubert - 2013-06-28 08:44

    Please continue with your ridiculous dribble so the world can see more and more of what you really made off. how embarrassing!

  • Simone Wallace - 2013-06-28 09:11

    Perhaps this dingbat should realise that her father being the public icon that he is, has given her the opportunity to thrive and opened doors that would have remained shut to her based on her intellect. Mr Mandela accepted he was a globally recognised hero and was worshipped both near and far. I dont see how media outside the hospital and his homes is racism!!! Please remember that the public paid for those homes and continue to pay for them, without the adoring population, all your shopping and public bickering over Madiba's money would be non-existant. What an ignorant, racist woman you are Makaziwe Mandela. It is noted that you have not taken your husbands name, but rather cashed in on having a famous surname. What goes around comes around lady, all I can hope for is that your dear father never has to hear those disgusting words that you uttered, nor will he have to withstand the humilliation of watching you cat fight for his money.

  • Sirius TheDogstar - 2013-06-28 12:32

    Yes and no. Yes they are intrusive as per your statement but no they are not racist. The main issue will be that they do not know the culture here. And it is your duty to tell them that they are breaking culture. am sure media will figure a way of respecting that instead of being judgmental like that.

  • Crezelda Fleeurs - 2013-06-28 12:54

    And if people say they really care about Nelson give him peace and leave him alone i agree with his DAUGHTER is like going lions in a game farm wants to have fresh meat