'Being Mandela:' Granddaughters Dish on Show

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

NEW YORK (AP) - The newest reality television show is in some ways like any other: mother and daughters, sibling rivalry, family gossip and talk of Big Grandpa, who is very strict but loves it when his great-grandchildren are around making a racket.

But that's where the twist comes in: Big Grandpa is Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid legend.

"Being Mandela," premiers Sunday on COZI TV, and follows the lives of Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati Dlamini. They are the fashionable, 30-something granddaughters of Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

The 94-year-old former South African president, who recently was treated for a lung infection and had surgery to remove gallstones, does not appear in the series. But his controversial ex-wife does - and by all accounts relishes it.

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