According to recent reports the Mandelas have been negotiating a deal with American broadcaster CNN for Madibaâ??s funeral.

According to executives at the SABC, Makaziwe Mandela and her niece Ndileka, the daughter of Madibaâ??s late son Thembekile, held a sensitive meeting at the end of last month with officials from the public broadcaster, as well as a delegate from the Presidency.

IOL report that the meeting was to discuss the coverage of Madibaâ??s funeral, of which the SABC is the official broadcaster. However the Mandelas demanded that CNN be given â??preferentialâ? access and status throughout.

â??We are aggrieved, and understandably so,â? one of the officials at the meeting told The Sunday Independent. â??But there appears to be little we can do, as the family appears to have their own plansâ?.

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â??This wasnâ??t a request. It was a demand,â? another official at the meeting added. â??The CNN deal seems to be done and dusted.â?

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.

Kim Noorgard, the bureau chief for CNN in Joburg, claimed not to know anything about it when he was contacted yesterday, while executives at CNNâ??s headquarters in Atlanta could not be reached.