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


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

  • Zindzi Mandela, 59, died in a hospital in Johannesburg this morning
  • Zindzi has been South Africa's ambassador to Denmark since 2015
  • She became internationally known in 1985 after reading her father Nelson Mandela's letter rejecting an agreement with the South African apartheid government

Zindzi Mandela, daughter of South African anti-apartheid leaders Nelson and Winnie Mandela, died at the age of 59, the spokesman for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said today.

Zindzi Mandela, whose mother was anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, became internationally known when she rejected Nelson Mandela's rejection of the then President P.W. Botha's 1985 Freedom Offer.

State broadcaster SABC said the 59-year-old, who served as South African ambassador to Denmark, died in a hospital in Johannesburg. No one said why she died.

Zindzi Mandela speaks on stage, flanked by her sister Makaziwe during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa

In this file photo dated December 5, 2013, Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of the late Nelson Mandela, poses for photographers when she arrives at the London premiere of the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"

In this file photo dated December 5, 2013, Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of the late Nelson Mandela, poses for photographers as they watch the British premiere of the film & # 39; Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom & # 39; comes to a cinema in London

Nelson Mandela accompanies his daughter Zenzekile "Zinzi" Mandela on their wedding day

Nelson Mandela accompanies his daughter Zenzekile & # 39; Zinzi & # 39; Mandela on her wedding day

& # 39; It's too early. It still played a role in transforming our own society and a bigger role in the African National Congress, ”said ANC spokesman Pule Mabe.

Mabe said further details will be released in due course.

Last year, Zindzi caused controversy when he demanded the return of the white country to the expropriated black majority in South Africa.

“Dear apartheid apologists, your time is over. You will not rule again. We are not afraid of you. Finally (hash) TheLandIsOurs, ”she tweeted last June.

South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor has expressed her shock at Mandela's death and described her as a heroine.

“Zindzi will not only be remembered as the daughter of our fighting heroes Tata Nelson and Mama Winnie Mandela, but also as an independent fighting heroine. It served South Africa well, ”said Pandor.

She is survived by her husband and four children.

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

She is survived by her husband and four children.

Zindzi Mandela reads her father Nelson Mandela's refusal to leave prison after South African President P.W. Botha offered him conditional release on February 10, 1985 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Zindzi Mandela reads her father Nelson Mandela's refusal to leave prison after South African President P.W. Botha offered him conditional release on February 10, 1985 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Nelson Mandela with daughter Zinzi Mandela Hlongwane (back) at his birthday party in Johannesburg, 1995

Nelson Mandela with daughter Zinzi Mandela Hlongwane (back) at his birthday party in Johannesburg, 1995

Who was Zindzi Mandela?

Zindzi Mandela was born in 1960, just a year and a half before her father was first arrested for anti-government activities.

Her early life was marked by the constant detention of her father and the occasional removal of her mother for months in prison.

The care of the young Zindzi was often the responsibility of her older sister Zenani in these early years.

When Zindzi was 17, she moved with her mother, who had been exiled to the Free State.

In 1985, President PW Botha offered Nelson a release on condition that he "unconditionally rejected violence as a political weapon".

With Winnie and Nelson in prison, Zindzi made his rejection of the offer at a public meeting.

The letter read: "What freedom am I being offered while the People's Organization (ANC) remains banned? Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot conclude contracts. & # 39;

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