Nelson Mandela’s daughter, Zindzi Mandela passes away aged 59

It is with heavy hearts that we report on the passing of South Africa’s Ambassador to Denmark and daughter of Nelson Mandela, Zindzi Mandela.

Zindzi is the youngest daughter to Nelson and Winnie Mandela, and the department

of International announce her death some hours ago.

Relations is still gathering information about the cause of her death.

President Cyril Ramaphosa in a statement said Zindzi Mandela had “during our years of struggle brought home the inhumanity

of the apartheid system and the unshakeable resolve of our fight for


Minister of International Relations Naledi Pandor said:

“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.

Ms 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,

says the BBC’s Vumani Mkhize.

Zindzi Mandela was the family member who 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.

Only two of Nelson Mandela’s six children are still alive: Zenani Dlamini, Zindzi’s sister; and Pumla Makaziwe

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Nelson Mandela's daughter, Zindzi Mandela passes away aged 59