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By Siphelele Dludla | Apr 19, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 90 ]

Being Mandela, the reality show that has had tongues wagging in anticipation since last year, received a baptism of fire on social media platform Twitter when it finally premiered locally on Wednesday evening.

The series shows viewers the private lives of former president Nelson Mandela's granddaughters Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati Dlamini. It airs on DStv's Fox channel.

The two are daughters of Zenani Mandela, daughter of the former president and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. They grew up and still live in the US, where the series was filmed.

The show premiered in the US in February but has now made its way home. There was no love lost on Twitter for the young Mandelas, with many calling it vanity and exploitation at its best.

"Is it wrong to say this show is really about exploiting Nelson Mandela's name?" social commentator and Mail & Guardian columnist Khaya Dlanga wanted to know.

"Mandela went to jail for 27 years so that we can have reality shows."

He also commented: And this is so bling. It doesn't represent being Mandela."

"It should be a series. Gandhi's grandkids go shopping. The Dalai Lama's grandkids have dinner," tweeted comedian Deep Fried Man, real name DanielFriedman.

Mabine Seabe, co-founder and director of Youth Lab, tweeted: "The (Twitter) masses aren't happy with this #BeingMandela reality show. Just search the hashtag. Tjoh!"

Nelson Mandela Foundation spokesman Sello Hatang said he hadn't even seen the TV show, let alone expected to gain anything from it.

"The show won't benefit the Nelson Mandela Foundation in any way," he said.

It was not yet clear whether any other Mandela-affiliated charities will benefit from the proceeds of the show.

Despite the social media backlash, Zaziwe and Swati took to Twitter to "thank everyone forwatching".

COMMENTS [ 90 ]

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What happened to the real television productions where the producers actually did some creative work? What happened to young people empowering themselves instead of using their family name to get ahead? Gone are the days when people actually worked their butts off to make it!

Apr 19, 2013 9:44 | 0 replies

uright CluCluxClan what else do they do besides being professional Mandelas?

Apr 19, 2013 10:40 | 0 replies

And at least Gazi you know your limits that awufundanga ke as you know ba awufundanga do you not think it would be wise of you to comment on subjects within your mental grasp? and btw ukungafunda is not issue the issue here is your tribalistic comments, nathi asifundanga too much but we comment within reason so ke sukwenda ukungafundi an issue or excuse.

Apr 19, 2013 10:43 | 0 replies

Publicity Stunt nje la... niyakhinya maan tsek

Apr 19, 2013 10:45 | 0 replies

now this is rubbish, how is this even allowed? 2 ugly idiots go an get a job

Apr 19, 2013 10:46 | 0 replies

@ Blackthought


O BITTER SHEM !!!

Apr 19, 2013 10:48 | 0 replies

@ PHATHUZA NGIFUZE UNYOKO EQONCE OR ECOFIMBABA BSUNU SAKHO

Apr 19, 2013 10:53 | 0 replies

@All

Stop with this tribal thing, it disgusting and Gazilengquza was very wrong. This article is about the Dlamini's not Zulus or Xhosas, stop being childish man.

Apr 19, 2013 10:57 | 0 replies

What's effed-up about being a Mandela is that even cousins 8th-removed born to a Mr.Mqumbuwamahlanya shagging a cousin 7th-removed will not be a Mqumbuwamahlanya but a Mandela...phucked-up raised to power:gazillion.
What's the name Mandela got to do with the price of petrol?

Apr 19, 2013 10:58 | 0 replies

I M AN EDITOR HERE ND SO WHAT

Apr 19, 2013 11:10 | 0 replies

Gazilenquza
ZINQE ZONYOKO MSUNU YONYOKO ZINZA ZONYOKO NQUZA ZONYOKO GAZI LONYOKO HLUKANANI NAMI KUSHO MINA INDODA ENGAFUNDANGA,I M HERE POLITICAL NOT BCOS I WENT TO SCHOOL LEAVE ME ALONE
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You are also here tribatically , Awunangqondo

Apr 19, 2013 10:38 | 0 replies