Nelson Mandela’s Daughter, Zindzi Dies At 59

Zindzi Mandela, the daughter Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is dead at the age of 59.

She died in a Johannesburg hospital in the early hours of today, July 13.

News of her death has been confirmed by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and her son, Bambatha who shared the news on Instagram.

The deceased is survived by her husband and four children.

Zindzi was 18 months old when her father, Nelson Mandela was sent to prison. Her mother was also imprisoned often at that time, leaving her in the care of her elder sibling, Zenani.

She and her sister soon became effective spokespeople for her imprisoned parents. In 1985, the year she graduated, Zindzi was selected to read her father’s refusal speech after the then president PW Botha offered him conditional release from prison.

Zindzi was also a poet and author.

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