Nelson Mandela's daughter Zindzi dies in hospital aged 59

Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of South African anti-apartheid leaders Nelson and Winnie Mandela, has died at the age of 59.

She died in hospital Johannesburg earlier this morning, state television South African Broadcasting Corporation reports. Her cause of death has not yet been made clear.

Ms Mandela was working as South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark before she died. She first came to international prominence in 1985, when the white minority government offered to release her father from prison if he denounced violence perpetrated by the Africa National Congress against the apartheid in South Africa.

She read his letter rejecting the offer at a packed public meeting which was broadcast around the world.


During the course of her life, she worked as an anti-apartheid activist and temporarily served as the nation’s First Lady following her father’s election and her parents’ divorce until 1998.

She is survived by her four children Zoleka, Zondwa, Bambatha and Zwelabo and her husband Molapo.

Bambatha posted a tribute to his mother on Instagram, captioning a photo of her with the words ‘Lala ngo xolo Madlomo’, which translates to ‘Sleep in peace Madam’.

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