Zindzi Mandela dead: Nelson Mandela's daughter dies in Johannesburg at the age of 59

Zindzi Mandela, daughter of former South African president and liberation hero Nelson Mandela and anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, died in a hospital in Johannesburg.  She rose to international prominence when she read out her father’s rejection of then-president P.W. Botha’s offer for freedom in 1985.

She was serving as South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark.

Ms Mandela leaves behind her husband Molapo and four children Zoleka, Zondwa, Bambatha and Zwelabo.

Her son Bambatha posted a tribute to his mother on Instagram, writing “Lala ngo xolo Madlomo”, which translates to “Sleep in peace Madam”.

ANC spokesman Pule Mabe said: “This is untimely. She still had a role to play in the transformation of our own society and a bigger role to play even in the African National Congress.”

Mr Mabe said further details would be provided in due course.

The cause of her death remains unknown. 

The Nelson Mandela Foundation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Her death comes seven years after her father died on December 5, 2013 and her mother’s death in April 2018. 

Zindzi was just 18-months-old when her father went to prison before he was released in 1990.

She was Mandela’s sixth child and his second with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Tributes have been pouring following the news of her death. 

South African Minister of Science and Technology Naledi  Pandor said: “Zindzi will not only be remembered as a daughter of our struggle heroes, Tata Nelson & Mama Winnie Mandela but as a struggle heroine in her own right. She served South Africa well.”

South African journalist and music producer Mzilikazi wa Afrika posted: “The giant tree has fallen, the daughter of the soil Zindzi Mandela is no more and may your soul Rest In Peace.”


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