Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

5 July 2013

South Africa: Away From the Squabbling Family, Graciousness and Love for Madiba

Graca Machel was speaking at the Nelson Mandela Foundation where ministers and members of the sporting fraternity delivered a pledge and messages of ... ( Resource: Graca Machel Thanks The Nation

That slight tremor you felt yesterday was not the grinding or snapping of tectonic plates. It was fifty million palms slapping an equal number of foreheads as Mandla Mandela disgraced his family.

His vomit of dirty secrets drowned out a powerful and dignified voice we should all have been listening to: that of Nelson Mandela's wife Graca Machel. Luckily, ALEX ELISEEV had his ear tuned in the right direction.

The timing was both tragic and perfect. As Graca Machel began speaking at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton, tweets from Mandla Mandela's media briefing began to tick over, accelerating with each new gobsmacking claim.

In Mvezo, in the Eastern Cape, Mandla spewed forth allegations of illegitimate love children and accused his brothers - some of whom he claims are not his brothers - of sowing division and destruction.

His briefing came against a backdrop of a court saga over the family's trust fund, wild rants at journalists and reports that Mandla is trying to cash in on his grandfather's legacy by hijacking a state-funded resort worth tens of millions of rands. As one tweet pointed out: the whole saga made the Kardashians seem classy.

At the same time,...

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