Zoleka Mandela pays homage to her late daughter on her birthday and wishes she was still alive

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Zoleka Mandela pays homage to her late daughter on her birthday and wishes she was still alive

Activist and author Zoleka Mandela have had to beat some hardships in her life including the tragic loss of her daughter Zenina, who was killed during a drunk and driving accident hours after her 13th birthday during the 2010 World Cup.

Zoleka Mandela pays homage to her late daughter on her birthday and wishes she was still alive

The writer was devastated, to mention the smallest amount by the death of her first daughter who would are 23 years old this year, and has expressed how there’s not one day that passes without the thought of her Zenina crossing her mind.

Zoleka is now commemorating a decade since her daughter’s death by appealing to the general public to hitch and support her efforts in assuring the security and protection of youngsters from drunken drivers are taken seriously by our leaders.

She is now appealing to the govt to require more action in handling such issues because like she was, mothers have stripped of their children a day thanks to negligent drunk drivers who seldom get punished for his or her crimes.

“In memory of my daughter, Zenani Mandela, who was killed by a drunk driver, hours after her 13th birthday in 2010. This year, she would have celebrated her 23rd birthday. Today, and every day, I remember. I involve your support, to guard the lives of our innocent children. I urge you to please join me and demand more action from our leaders” she wrote.


Zenani Mandela was killed on the day of her 13th birthday on the way home from a pre-tournament concert in Soweto where the likes of award-winning pop singer Shakira, the Black Eyed Peas, and more had performed for the primary time in South Africa.

Mzansi mourned with the Mandela family during their painful loss which results in the late Mandela missing the attendance of the football World Cup opening ceremony, after the death of his great-granddaughter in the accident.

Zenani, who celebrated her 13th birthday on 9 June 2010 was the sole victim who died in the crash and was one of Nelson Mandela’s great-grandchildren.

After her opening up about her downward spiral of alcohol and substance abuse, Zoleka has risen above her past and is now a lady on a mission with a Psychology Degree and has established herself as a designer for her latest Mandela Shoes Venture.