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Nelson Mandela’s daughter, Zindzi Mandela passes on

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The South Africa’s first black president Nelson Mandela and anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s daughter, Zindzi Mandela, has passed on.

According to BBC news, she died in Johannesburg hospital in the early hours of Monday morning, aged 59, Zindzi Mandela was serving as the South African ambassador to Denmark at the time of her death.

The cause of her death was not immediately revealed. Zindzi Mandela was Nelson Mandela’s sixth child and she is second with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, his second wife. Zindzi Mandela grew up at the height of the anti-apartheid struggle. With her father imprisoned on Robben Island, she endured years of harassment and intimidation by the apartheid regime, along with her sister Zenani, and her mother Winnie.

She read out Nelson Mandela’s rejection of then-president PW Botha’s offer for conditional release from prison at a public meeting in February 1985. Most recently, she was known for her vocal support for radical land reform in South Africa.


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