Mandelas in funeral deal with CNN: Reports
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All this while Nelson Mandela battles for his life in a Pretoria hospital where he has spent the past 29 days.According to executives at the SABC, Makaziwe Mandela and her niece Ndileka, the daughter of Madiba’s late son Thembekile, held a sensitive meeting at the end of last month with a handful of officials from the public broadcaster, as well as a delegate from the Presidency. The meeting was convened to discuss the coverage of Madiba’s funeral, of which the SABC is the official broadcaster. However, the Mandelas demanded that CNN be given “preferential” access and status throughout, a conversation that was regarded as “inappropriate” coming from family members about “a funeral deal concerning one of their own”.
“We are aggrieved and understandably so,” one of the officials at the meeting told The Sunday Independent. “But there appears to be little we can do, as the family appears to have their own plans,” which would clearly scupper the critical mandate of the SABC when the time comes.
It was a demand,” another official at the meeting added. “The CNN deal seems to be done and dusted.”It is not clear whether any money has changed hands or whether this deal will benefit any of the Mandelas in any way, financially or otherwise.
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