Mandela funeral rights 'not sold'

2012-03-09 09:40

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla has again denied selling the icon's funeral rights to the SABC, according to a report on Friday.

In papers submitted to the Eastern Cape High Court, Mandla said no such agreement existed, The Times newspaper reported.

"I am not in possession of any written agreement with the SABC, BBC or any other broadcasting company or corporation for the broadcast rights to Mr Mandela's funeral, as such an agreement does not exist and I do not possess any such rights," the court papers read.

Mandela is in court alongside his estranged first wife Tando Mabuna-Mandela in a divorce dispute over finances.

He has attempted to avoid disclosing his affairs to the court and according to legal experts this was because he was trying to avoid them entering the public domain.

  • kgomotso.radise - 2012-03-09 09:58

    Wow buying funeral rights damn! Even if they can milk it like in 2010 but the money will end up in top executive pockets. I bit they are rehearsing his funeral.

      Erich - 2012-03-09 15:49

      Even for a cynic like me this is outrageous. Mandela Junior, if this is true, should bury his head in sand.

  • svbronte - 2012-03-09 10:06

    Some sick Puppies out there!!!!!!!

  • WotzisName - 2012-03-09 10:14

    The man's not even dead yet and his funeral rights are being sold like a football ticket! Such a sad deranged society we have in this country!

      Nadia - 2012-03-09 12:57

      I agree. No decent person (let alone Family) should do such a thing. It's disgusting.

  • ec.van.niekerk - 2012-03-09 10:24

    now that's what i call backtracking! he knows if he can deny it he can sell it again at a much higher price ... its been 5 of more years back! inflation an all the rest?

  • siya.jr - 2012-03-09 10:25

    GREEDY HYENA........

  • The-Azanian - 2012-03-09 10:25

    very well...let it stay that way forever and ever...I love that old man so much that this scandal was causing me sleepless nights.

  • Jacqui - 2012-03-09 10:28

    Of course he doesn't want his affairs entering the public domain.Fancy us mere morals getting to know what else he sold besides the funeral rights.

  • Ben - 2012-03-09 10:32

    No respect. Please let us all die in peace, not in pieces because of loved ones who make arrangements around the expected time.

  • Raeez - 2012-03-09 11:02

    Boring, should have rather read the Joost/Amor article...

      Claire Knoechl - 2012-03-09 11:07

      I agree!!

  • Grant - 2012-03-09 11:13

    I don't know : Did we as sponsers of the SABC pay that reputed R3 million? Surely we have a right to know, or has the money just disappeared into some black hole...?

  • Dave - 2012-03-09 11:21

    Money certainly doesnt by class or style....seems like just bad taste

  • Gary - 2012-03-09 11:44

    i hope the Old Man lives forever!!!

  • Andre - 2012-03-09 12:02

    Why would the SABC have dry-runs then? For fun?

  • Craig - 2012-03-09 12:09


  • helen.derobillard - 2012-03-09 13:35

    DISGUSTING!!! Mandela sill alive how sick can one get, people are going nuts.

  • Molapo Oa Malahlela - 2012-03-09 13:35

    I thought a funeral is for someone who is dead.Mandela is still alive and strong.Are we becoming too Western?\r\nLong Live Tata Madiba.

  • Herman - 2012-03-09 14:07

    What was a African wichdoctor saying view weeks ago about a prominent African leader dying within 60 days?

  • Sika - 2012-03-09 14:20

    I guess those who alleged that he sold rights, should be sued for defamation then the truth will come out..!

      Alex - 2012-03-09 21:59

      Funny how he emphasized that there was no WRITTEN agreement. Why not just say agreement, perhaps because tha would be perjury ? Oral agreements are as binding as written ones. Law is all about semantics, not truth.

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