Two of Nelson Mandela's granddaughters are the stars of a new reality TV show that starts in the US this weekend.
'Being Mandela' follows the lives of Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati Dlamini, the granddaughters of Nelson and ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
The 94-year-old former South African president doesn't appear in the show. However, Winnie does feature.
The 13-part series, which is being broadcast by the COZI TV network in the States, will follow the two 30-something sisters as they go about their everyday lives. Highlights will include a visit to the prison where their grandfather spent 18 years of his 27-year imprisonment.
Speaking about the show, Swati Dlamini revealed that she hopes her grandfather will tune in as he is already a fan of another US reality TV show, 'Toddlers And Tiaras'.
She also brushed off fears that it could damage the family name, saying: "We get asked this question a lot. Is this not going to tarnish the name and is this not going to be bad for the name?
"But our grandparents have always said to us, this is our name too, and we can do what we think is best fitting with the name, as long as we treat it with respect and integrity." [ITV.com]
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