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Nelson Mandela's granddaughters say he is 'happy and healthy,' gives his blessing for their reality show

By Gina DiFalco,

Nelson Mandela’s granddaughters will appear in a reality show, and although they’ve been criticized by some as exploiting the family, they say they have their iconic grandfather’s blessing.

Taking place in Johannesburg, the series will follow the women as they juggle motherhood with trying to keep their father’s legacy alive.

According to The BBC, while promoting the show, which has already been filmed, this week, they said their 94-year-old grandfather is “happy and healthy.”

They even brought a picture showing him holding his 1-year-old great-grandson on his lap.

Being Mandela will follow Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati Dlamin, both in their 30s, and it will premiere on Saturday, Daily Mail reports. Mandela himself will not be in it, but his ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, will.

“Our grandfather always told us that he belongs to the country and he's of service to the country and he doesn't belong to us as a family,” Swati said. “And that's the sacrifice he's made for the country and that what he's told us as far as I can remember.”

“You'll be interested to know that he loves Toddlers and Tiaras,” she added, maintaining he will definitely be watching the show.

 

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