South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark has died in Johannesburg at the age of 59, the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation said Monday.
Ambassador Zindzi Mandela was the daughter of South Africa’s anti-apartheid icons Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela.
She was the youngest daughter of the couple and is reputed to have spent many years involved in South Africa’s freedom struggle.
“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’s social media space has been buzzing with tonnes of tribute to Zindzi who was a staunch activist against maladministration.
Zindzi dies on the same day as her brother Madiba Thembi died
Zindzi dies on the same day in 1969 when Mandela’s eldest son Madiba Thembikile (Thembi) also died in a car accident, the Nelson Mandela Foundation posted in its daily updates on the life of the globally celebrated statesman.
President Ramaphosa said in the statement. “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,”
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