Man­dela fam­ily RIFT over Bey­oncé con­cert


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Al­le­ga­tions swirl as no-show by Win­nie’s side of the fam­ily to as­so­ci­ated events be­comes ap­par­ent

Arift has de­vel­oped be­tween the al­ready frac­tured Man­dela fam­ily over to­day’s Global Cit­i­zen Fes­ti­val, with spec­u­la­tion swirling over the ap­par­ent ex­clu­sion of those re­lated to Win­nie Madik­ize­laMan­dela from the event, which cel­e­brates for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela’s cen­te­nary. Sources close to the fam­ily told City Press that the rift also ex­plains the ab­sence of Man­dela’s daugh­ters from Thurs­day’s Is’thunzi Sabafazi event – one of many linked to the Global Cit­i­zen Fes­ti­val – where the late states­man’s widow, Graça Machel, and US me­dia mogul Oprah Win­frey spoke to a crowd com­pris­ing dig­ni­taries, in­vited guests and or­di­nary South Africans.

The sources also claim that Madik­izela-Man­dela’s daugh­ters will only ar­rive at FNB Sta­dium – the venue for the Global Cit­i­zen con­cert – to­day to greet su­per­star Bey­oncé, and leave straight af­ter that.

“On Thurs­day, Zindzi Man­dela’s daugh­ter, Zoleka Man­dela, was sup­posed to be one of the speak­ers at the Is’thunzi Sabafazi event, which took place at the Uni­ver­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg’s Soweto Cam­pus,” said a well-placed source close to the fam­ily.

“Win­nie’s fam­ily feel that when their mother died, they did not get sup­port from Win­frey, who didn’t even bother to show up at the fu­neral.”

He told City Press that Madik­izela-Man­dela’s el­dest daugh­ter, Ze­nani, used to be “her daddy’s girl” and that not in­volv­ing her in the plan­ning was a “big mis­take”.

Most of the Man­dela fam­ily’s in­volve­ment in the Global Cit­i­zen Fes­ti­val was from the de­scen­dants of Madiba and his first wife, Eve­lyn, with grand­chil­dren Nd­aba Man­dela and Kweku Man­dela Amuah tak­ing the lead.

“It is not clear whether Zindzi and Ze­nani are go­ing to at­tend the fes­ti­val,” said an­other source close to the fam­ily. “If they do at­tend to­mor­row, they are go­ing to ar­rive a few min­utes be­fore Bey­oncé’s per­for­mance and leave FNB Sta­dium im­me­di­ately af­ter that. It is re­ally sad what they are do­ing to Man­dela’s daugh­ters.”

Madik­izela-Man­dela’s fam­ily were nowhere to be seen at the Next 100 Sum­mit, a gath­er­ing of thought lead­ers which aims to find ways of con­tin­u­ing Man­dela’s legacy over the next 100 years. An­other event as­so­ci­ated with the Global Cit­i­zen Fes­ti­val, it took place at The Venue in Mel­rose Arch on Thurs­day.

Nd­aba and Madiba’s el­dest daugh­ter, Makaziwe, were guest speak­ers at the sum­mit.

When City Press con­tacted Zodwa Zwane, Madik­ize­laMan­dela’s for­mer spokesper­son and per­sonal as­sis­tant, yes­ter­day for com­ment, she said she was un­aware of the al­le­ga­tions.

Big bucks for Bey

Mean­while, spec­u­la­tion is also swirling around what it cost to bring su­per­star Bey­oncé and her hus­band, Jay-Z, to the fes­ti­val, with some say­ing she was paid more than R50 mil­lion. This, they said, ex­cluded Jay-Z’s fee.

Bey­oncé was named 2017’s high­est-paid woman in the mu­sic in­dus­try, hav­ing earned $105 mil­lion (al­most R1.5 bil­lion) last year. Her 2016 For­ma­tion tour raked in a cool $256 mil­lion.

But when City Press tried to ver­ify her fee, those in the know said it was “top se­cret”.

Among the ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers of the Global Cit­i­zen Fes­ti­val are min­ing mag­nate Pa­trice Mot­sepe and his wife, en­tre­pre­neur Dr Pre­cious Moloi-Mot­sepe, whose foun­da­tion worked in part­ner­ship with the or­gan­is­ers.

Bey­oncé’s back­stage re­quire­ments are sig­nif­i­cant. Her rider in­cludes that her dress­ing room be kept at ex­actly 25.5 de­grees Cel­sius and that there be rose-scented can­dles and a chef nearby. Jay-Z wants his dress­ing room kept at 22 de­grees Cel­sius and for it to con­tain chilled bot­tles of his Ace of Spades Cham­pagne.

And if their chil­dren are join­ing them on tour, the rider states that a ver­sion of the twins’ 18-carat gold­plated cots, com­plete with silk bed­ding and chang­ing mats, be in­cluded, and that the chil­dren be ac­com­pa­nied by four nan­nies.

To­mor­row, FNB Sta­dium will be packed with Bey­oncé’s fans. Jacques Grobbe­laar, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Sta­dium Man­age­ment SA, said at least 72 000 peo­ple were ex­pected to fill the sta­dium, and that 25 pres­i­dents from dif­fer­ent coun­tries were sched­uled to at­tend.

In ad­di­tion to Bey­oncé & Jay-Z, head­line acts in­clude US stars Usher, Phar­rell Wil­liams, Ed­die Ved­der and Kacey Mus­graves; Bri­tish singer Chris Martin; Nige­rian mu­si­cians D’banj, Wizkid, Tiwa Sav­age and Femi Kuti; and lo­cal stars Black Cof­fee, Cassper Ny­ovest and Sho Mad­jozi.

Trevor Noah will host the event to­gether with other big names, in­clud­ing Danai Gurira, Naomi Camp­bell, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Tyler Perry, Dave Chap­pelle, Bo­nang Matheba, Nomzamo Mbatha and Anele Mdoda.

This week, Bey­oncé kept a low pro­file af­ter touch­ing down at Lanse­ria Air­port on Thurs­day. De­spite the hype around the singer, the me­dia were not al­lowed to con­duct in­ter­views with her or ask any Bey­oncé-re­lated ques­tions. “They are try­ing to pro­tect her for se­cu­rity rea­sons; her fans are go­ing to see her only to­day dur­ing her per­for­mance,” said a source.

In videos do­ing the rounds, Jay-Z could be seen in front car­ry­ing one of their ba­bies, while Bey­oncé held an­other and Blue Ivy walked with their nan­nies. Ex­cited fans could be heard scream­ing for the shy su­per­star, be­fore she was whisked away by body­guards and a con­tin­gent of po­lice of­fi­cers.

In a let­ter to Madiba re­leased ahead of her ar­rival, Bey­oncé wrote: “It is an honour for me to travel to South Africa this week in cel­e­bra­tion of you and your ef­forts to right so many wrongs. You were a strate­gic war­rior, a bold ac­tivist, and a charis­matic and wellloved leader. Your vi­sion for dig­nity, for hu­man rights, for peace and a South Africa free of racism and apartheid al­lows us all to turn dreams into re­al­ity.”


JUST WHAT SA FANS WANT TO SEE Power cou­ple Jay-Z and Bey­oncé per­form on stage dur­ing the opener of their joint On the Run II tour at Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium in Cardiff, Wales, ear­lier this year

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