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Nelson Mandela's Daughter, Zindzi Dies At 59

NEWS - Posted on: 13th Jul. 2020 at 6:53PM

Her death was announced this morning by her family and the South African government, Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson Mandela, the late anti-apartheid activist and South African liberation hero with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, died yesterday evening at the age of 59  in a hospital in Johannesburg. The cause of death is unknown.

Zindzi Mandela was Educated in South Africa and Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), and had spent many years involved in South Africa's freedom struggle in many ways including through arts, philanthropy and business. It was she who read out her father's rejection of then-President PW Botha's offer for freedom in 1985. This was the beginning of her global spotlight.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, while expressing his sadness said: "After our liberation, she became an icon of the task we began of transforming our society and stepping into spaces and opportunities that had been denied to generations of South Africans." 

Pule Mabe, who spoke for the governing African National Congress, also said that 

"She still had a role to play in the transformation of our own society and a bigger role to play even in the African National Congress,"  

Tobias Elling Rehfeld, Denmark's ambassador to South Africa, wrote on Twitter: "I am so saddened to learn that Ambassador Zindzi Mandela has passed away. Zindzi was a dear colleague working tirelessly and with a smile to nurture and grow the strong friendship between SouthAfrica and Denmark. My deep condolence to the Mandela family!"

The Mandela Legacy Foundation, speaking on behalf of the family, said memorial and funeral arrangements for Zindzi would be announced in the course of the week.

Written by Emdee David

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