“He doesn’t look good, I’m not going to lie. But as I say, if we speak to him, he responds and tries to open his eyes. He’s still there. He might be waning off, but he’s still there,” said Makaziwe Mandela during an interview with SABC in South Africa.

“There is a racist element with many of the international media where they cross boundaries – truly vultures waiting for when the lion has devoured the buffalo, it has gone overboard.”

“They violate all boundaries. They don’t want to listen. And I think at this point in time as a family, as an African, you have to be in peace, you have to have a sense of decorum. This is what is required.”

Makaziwe compared the situation to the recent death of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

“I don’t know how people come here and violate everything. When Margaret Thatcher was sick in hospital I didn’t see this kind of media frenzy where people crossed boundaries,” she said in the exclusive interview.

“Is it because we are an African country that people feel they can’t respect any laws of this country and violate everything in the book? It’s bad practice and it’s crass.”

Nelson Mandela has been at the Pretoria hospital since June 8. The Archbishop of Cape Town has offered his prayers for a “peaceful, perfect end” for the man known to his people by his clan name of Madiba.