Zindzi Mandela, Nelson And Winnie Mandela’s Daughter Dies At 59
Daughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, Zindzi Mandela passed away on Monday. Aged 59, she was serving as South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark. The cause of her death is still unknown. “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 South Africa, said in a short statement on Monday morning, CNN reported.
Zindzi Mandela’s Life History
- She was the sixth child of Nelson Mandela and his second wife Winnie Mandela.
- She was serving as South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark.
- The cause of her death is still unknown.
- She took her last breath at the Johannesburg Hospital.
Zindzi Mandela was the one family member who read out her father’s rejection of the conditional release offer made by the then-president PW Botha, in February 1985.
Sixth Child Of Nelson Mandela
Zindzi Mandela’s full name is Zindziswa Mandela. She was Nelson Mandela’s sixth child and a South African Politician who was serving as an ambassador to Denmark. She was posted to Denmark in 2015 and had been designated to become South Africa’s head of mission in Monrovia, Liberia, BBC reported.
During her childhood, she endured years of harassment and intimidation by the apartheid regime, when her father, Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island. Notably, she was the one family member who read out her father’s rejection of the conditional release offer made by the then president PW Botha, in February 1985.
Soon after the news of her death aired, condolences started pouring in. Current President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa tweeted, “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.”
He had also said in a statement that Zindzi Mandela had “during our years of struggle brought home the inhumanity of the apartheid system and the unshakeable resolve of our fight for freedom”.
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