Nelson Mandela’s daughter, Zindzi is dead

Zindzi Mandela, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela ‘s eldest daughter is dead at 59.

She died in the early hours of Monday 13 July at a hospital in Johannesburg. Nelson Mandela Foundation has reported the news of Zindzi ‘s passing.

Bambatha, son of Zindzi Mandela, also shared his mother’s photo with the caption “Rest in Peace.”

The deceased, who is survived by her husband and four children, served as the ambassador to Denmark for South Africa. She first took up her position as the ambassador to Denmark in 2015.

When her father was taken to jail she was 18 months old. At that time her mother was also frequently incarcerated, leaving her in the custody of her elder sister, Zenani. Her mother Winnie was exiled to Brandfort in 1977, then to the Orange Free State, and Zindzi moved with her, separating her from her usual life. She then moved to Swaziland and was enrolled for a law degree at the University of Cape Town after graduation from high school.

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Eventually she and her sister became successful spokespersons for their incarcerated parents. In 1985, the year she graduated, after the then president PW Botha offered him conditional release from jail, Zindzi was chosen to read her father’s refusal speech.

Zindzi wrote verse, and was published many times. One of her books, Black As I Am, featured photos taken by renowned  Drum magazine journalist, Peter Magubane.

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