Zindzi Mandela has died

Zindzi Mandela rose to international prominence when she read out Nelson Mandela’s rejection of then-president PW Botha’s offer for freedom in 1985. — Reuters pic

Daughter of Former South African President Nelson Mandela, Zindzi Mandela, has passed away.

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.

At the time of her death, she was South Africa's ambassador to Denmark.

Several media houses are reporting confirmation that Mandela died suddenly.


In 1977 Madikizela-Mandela was banished to Brandfort, then in the Orange Free State, and Zindzi moved with her, taking her out of her normal life.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation's (DIRCO) confirmed that the 59-year old's death.

"May her soul rest in peace". The reason for her death is still unclear but the Mandela family will issue a statement at midday on Monday.

An Instagram account under the name of Zindzi Mandela's son, Bambatha, posted a photo of Zindzi with the caption "Lala ngo xolo Madlomo". More information to follow.

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