Jailed black nationalist leader Nelson Mandela has told his wife to make no further public statements about the scandal over her bodyguards that has seriously tarnished her image, her lawyer says.

The imprisoned African National Congress leader gave Winnie Mandela the instructions at a meeting Sunday of more than three hours at Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, said her lawyer, Essa Moosa.She did not speak to waiting journalists when she left the prison, and Moosa declined to comment on other details Sunday.

The controversy has prompted major anti-apartheid groups to denounce Mrs. Mandela, herself a prominent activist.

Anti-apartheid groups say the bodyguards, known as the Mandela United soccer club, waged a "reign of terror" in Soweto, the black township outside Johannesburg, and have renounced Mrs. Mandela for ignoring their appeals that she disband the group.