Nelson Mandela's daughter Zindzi dies at 59

Nelson Mandela's daughter Zindzi dies at 59

Zindzi Mandela who is the youngest daughter of South Africa's first Black President has died at the age of 59.

Zindzi Mandela died in a hospital in Johannesburg. She was serving as an Ambassador to Denmark at the time of her death, Zindzi Mandela was an activist in her own right.

As at the time of this post the cause of her death has not been revealed. She was Nelson Mandela's 6th child and his 2nd with Winnie.

The South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa had this to say on her death.

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. Our sadness is compounded by this loss being visited upon us just days before the world marks the birthday of the great Nelson Mandela.

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.

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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 Mandela, a daughter from his first marriage, to Evelyn Mase.

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