Zindzi Mandela has died, aged 59 #RIPZinziMandela
SA’s ambassador to Denmark, Zindzi Mandela, has died, an in depth loved one has confirmed. The mother of 4 is that the daughter of the late former statesman Mandela and therefore the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa on Monday described Zindzi features a “fighter” who fought since the first days of her life. Holomisa told TimesLIVE that Zindzi was particularly very on the brink of her mother.
“We also will remember her during the time when she was campaigning for [Nelson] Mandela to be released. She was vocal.
“My condolences to the family and her children and sisters.”
Zindzi and her sister Zenani grew up within the forefront of the anti-apartheid struggle as their mother fought both the state and economic hardship as one mother while their father was incarcerated.
“By the time i used to be born, on 9 April 1980, my mother knew the way to strip and assemble an AK-47 in just 38 seconds.” These are the opening words of the biography of Zindzi’s eldest daughter, Zoleka, When Hope Whispers.
Zindzi is best remembered for her defiance, which she retained throughout her life, last voicing her support of accelerated reform .
Her first raid the limelight in her title was when she read her jailed father’s speech in Jabulani Stadium, Soweto, in February 1985, rejecting then-president PW Botha’s conditional offer of freedom.
Five months ago, as South Africans commemorated the 30th anniversary of Madiba’s release from the Victor Verster prison, Zindzi reminisced about the weekends they visited visit him in prison and the way , upon his release, she realised she would share him with the state .