ZINDZI MANDELA, daughter of former South African President Nelson Mandela has died, according to the South African Broadcasting Corporation. How did Zindzi Mandela die?
By DailyNewsUG Correspondent,
Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi has died aged 59 according to South African state broadcasters this morning. The South African Broadcasting Corporation reported the country’s ambassador for Denmark died in hospital, seven years after her father, and nearly 24 years after her mother, Winnie Mandela.
How did Zindzi Mandela die?
SABC reports confirmed she died in hospital early this morning, as told by a family member.
They said: “The 59-year-old daughter of former president Nelson Mandela and struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, passed away at a Johannesburg hospital in the early hours of this morning.”
However, they have not yet revealed how she died.
Zindzi, known by her full name Zindziswa, was born to Nelson and Winnie Mandela in the Soweto township on December 23, 1960.
The same year marked the birth of the African National Congress’ armed wing, which saw Zindzi’s father imprisoned and her mother regularly in and out of incarceration.
She eventually left for the Free State when Winnie Mandela was banished, and on their return read law at the University of Cape Town, graduating with a BA in 1985.
Zindzi rose to prominence towards the end of her studies, when Nelson Mandela was offered release from prison.
PW Botha’s white minority government offered Nelson Mandela a conditional release in 1985.
However, they said they would only allow it if he denounced violence against the brutal apartheid regime by the African National Congress.
Mr Mandela declined their offer, which was announced in his stead by Zindzi Mandela.
She read out his rejection letter at a packed meeting broadcast internationally.
Zindzi allegedly became South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark in 2014, and visited the country for the first time in 2015.
Alongside her official appearances, Zindzi has also rubbed shoulders with celebrities.
She attended the 2013 premier of Long Walk to Freedom, a biopic of her late father based on his autobiography.
There, she met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as Idris Elba, who played her father.
Zindzi Mandela has also been portrayed by actors in films involving her family.
Refilwe Pitsoe played her in the 2008 BBC telefilm Mrs Mandela, while Bonnie Henna played her in the following year’s Invictus.
Ther former ambassador married twice, first to Zwelibanzi Hlongwane, and second to Molapo Motlhajwa in 2013.
She is survived by her four children, Zoleka, Zondwa, Bambatha and Zwelabo.