Daughter of Nelson Mandela dies at age 59

Zindzi Mandela with her father Nelson in 2010. Photo: AFP

Johannesburg, South Africa – Nelson Mandela’s youngest daughter, Zindi Mandela dies at the age of 59.

Zindzi Mandela is the youngest daughter of South Africa’s first black president Nelson Mandela and anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. She was the second child of Nelson Mandela with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, his second wife, and the sixth child of Nelson Mandela.

She passed away while serving as the South African ambassador of Denmark in the early hours of Monday morning in a Johannesburg hospital.

The current president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement that Zindzi Mandela had “during our years of struggle brought home the inhumanity of the apartheid system and the unshakeable resolve of our fight for freedom”.

The president had also paid condolence to Zindzi on tweeter.

“I offer my deep condolences to the Mandela family as we mourn the passing of a fearless political activist who was a leader in her own right. Our sadness is compounded by this loss being visited upon us just days before the world marks the birthday of the great Nelson Mandela.”

Minister of International Relations Naledi Pandor said: “Zindzi will not only be remembered as a daughter of our struggle heroes, but as a struggle heroine in her own right.”

Zindzi was most recently known for her vocal support for radical land reform in South Africa.

Among Nelson Mandela’s six children, only two are still alive. They are Zenani Dlamini, Zindzi’s sister and Pumla Makaziwe Mandela, a daughter from his first marriage, to Evelyn Mase.