Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson Mandela, has died

Nelson Mandela Foundation earlier today confirmed the death of Zindzi Mandela. Zindzi Mandela, aged 59, was the daughter of South African anti-apartheid leaders Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. She currently served as South Africa’s Ambassador to Denmark.

Zindzi Mandela came into the limelight in 1985. Then-president PW Botha’s offer Nelson Mandela from prison if he denounced violence perpetrated by his movement, the Africa National Congress, against apartheid. The 25-year-old stood firmly in front of the whole world and read the letter written by her father in which he refused to accept the terms of the conditional release, which the government offered.

She was only 18 months old when her father was imprisoned, and after this incident, Nelson Mandela was later released five years later on February 11, 1990.

Since then, she has been active in South African politics and has been open about her views and opinions through several media platforms.

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Zindzi Mandela, died at a hospital in Johannesburg, and the cause of death is still unknown. The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation said it was still gathering information on the cause of Zindzi Mandela’s death and is expected to release a detailed statement later.

“Zindzi will not only be remembered as a daughter of our struggle heroes, Tata Nelson, and Mama Winnie Mandela but as a struggle heroine in her own right. She served South Africa well,” Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations, said in a short statement Monday morning.

“I offer my deep condolences to the Mandela family as we mourn the passing of a fearless political activist who was a leader in her own right, Our sadness is compounded by this loss being visited upon us just days before the world marks the birthday of the great Nelson Mandela,” Cyril Ramaphosa current President of South Africa said in the statement.

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Source: CNN

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