Breaking: Zindziswa Zindzi Mandela has passed away aged 59
Zindzi Mandela accompanies her mother Winnie Midikizela-Mandela to the Cleveland Police Station in Johannesburg, South Africa on 27 May 2008. They went to speak to refugees who have been displaced after the recent xenophobic attacks – Photo by Gallo Images / Beeld / Samantha Simons
Zindziswa Mandela, also known as Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane, was a South African politician who was serving as her country’s ambassador to Denmark at the time of her death.
Died: July 12, 2020
Spouse: Molapo Motlhajwa (m. 2013)
Children: Zoleka Mandela, Zondwa Mandela, Bambatha Mandela, Zwelabo Mandela-Hlongwane
Grandchildren: Zenani Zanethemba Nomasonto Mandela,
Siblings: Zenani Mandela, Makgatho Mandela, Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah, Madiba Thembekile Mandela
Zindzi Mandela — the daughter of former President Nelson Mandela — has died at age 59.
Zindzi Mandela’s passing was confirmed by the family on Monday morning, with initial reports indicating that the ambassador to Denmark had died on Sunday night at a Johannesburg hospital.
Mandela, who was born to Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on 23 December 1960 in Soweto, stood in as the First Lady of South Africa until her father remarried in 1998. In 2014, Zindziswa Mandela was appointed as the ambassador to Denmark.
ZINDZI MANDELA: ‘DAUGHTER OF THE NATION’, NO STRANGER TO CONTROVERSY
The daughter of the ‘father of the nation’ made headlines in 2019 following a contentious outburst on Twitter. Zindzi Mandela, who favored the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) as a political force, while still remaining ‘loyal and dedicated’ to her father’s ruling African National Congress (ANC), took aim at “thieving rapist descendants of [Jan] Van Riebeeck”, saying:
“Dear Apartheid Apologists, your time is over. You will not rule again. We do not fear you. Finally #TheLandIsOurs.”
Zindzi’s father died on 5 December 2013. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela passed away almost five years later, on 2 April 2018.
Zindzi Mandela leaves behind four children and husband Molapo Motlhajwa.
This is a developing story – more details to follow