Zindzi Mandela has passed away in Johannesburg at the age of 59.
The political activist was the daughter of struggle icon and former South African President Nelson Mandela and his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
At the time of her death, Mandela was South Africa’s ambassador in Denmark. A position she held since 2015.
In a statement released by President Cyril Ramaphosa, he offered his condolences to the Mandela family.
“Our sadness is compounded by this loss being visited upon us just days before the world marks the birthday of the great Nelson Mandela.”
In June 2019, Mandela made headlines when she Tweeted a series of land reform and race-related messages.
Naledi Pandor, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation expressed her condolences in a statement published on the Department’s website.
“Zindzi will not only be remembered as a daughter of our struggle heroes, Tata Nelson and Mama Winnie Mandela, but as a struggle heroine in her own right. She served South Africa well. May her soul rest in peace.”
Mandela was born on 23 December 1960 in Soweto and was the youngest of Nelson Mandela’s three daughters. She is survived by her four daughters and her husband.
Details around the cause of her death has not been made public yet.
Image credit: Aljazeera