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14 July 2020 00:35

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Zindzi Mandela, Nelson Mandela's Daughter, Has Died

Zindzi Mandela, daughter of South African liberation hero Nelson Mandela and anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has died, according to officials. State broadcaster SABC said on Monday Mandela, who has been serving as South Africa's ambassador to Denmark since 2015, died in a hospital in Johannesburg on Sunday evening. The Mandela Legacy Foundation, speaking on behalf of the family, said memorial and funeral arrangements for Zindzi would be announced in the course of the week. President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed sadness at her passing days before Nelson Mandela's birthday and said she brought home "the unshakeable resolve of our fight for freedom". "She still had a role to play in the transformation of our own society and a bigger role to play even in the African National Congress," Mabe said, adding further details would be provided in due course.

She rose to international prominence when she read out her father's rejection of then-President PW Botha's offer for freedom in 1985. Tobias Elling Rehfeld, Denmark's ambassador to South Africa, said he was "saddened" to learn about her death. He wrote on Twitter: "I am so saddened to learn that Ambassador Zindzi Mandela has passed away. South African politician and Nelson Mandela's daughter passes away at 59 Zindzi Mandela has died at the age of 59 (Getty Images) Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 59. State television SABC reported that Zindzi Mandela passed away during the early hours of 13 July 2020, at a Johannesburg hospital.

South Africa's foreign affairs minister, Naledi Pandor, was among the first to express sadness at the news. "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," said Ms Pandor. Born in 1960 against the backdrop of a divided South Africa, much of Zindzi Mandela's early life would be defined by her parents' roles as anti-apartheid leaders The year 1960 was also when the African National Congress (ANC) - the anti-apartheid party which Zindzi Mandela's father had been a part of since 1943 - armed themselves, following their ban in the same year. During Nelson Mandela's imprisonment, Zindzi was ubject to years of harrasment and abuse by the ruling apartheid government.

Zindzi Mandela rose to prominence in 1985 when she read her father's rejection to a promise of conditional release from then President PW Botha. Ms Mandela served as South Africa's ambassador to Denmark from 2015 until the time of her death. Zindzi Mandela, daughter of former South African president and liberation hero Nelson Mandela, has died, Nelson Mandela Foundation confirmed on Monday. Zindzi Mandela, whose mother was anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, rose to international prominence when she read out Nelson Mandela's rejection of then-president P.W. Botha's offer for freedom in 1985. State broadcaster SABC said the 59-year-old, who was serving as South Africa's ambassador to Denmark, died in a hospital in Johannesburg on Monday.

"Zindzi will not only be remembered as a daughter of our struggle's heroes, Tata Nelson and Mama Winnie Mandela, but as a struggle heroine in her own right," said South Africa's minister of international relations and cooperation, Naledi Pandor. Foundation heartbroken on the news of the passing of Zindzi Mandela. Nelson Mandela Foundation, set up to guard the legacy of South Africa's first democratically-elected president, said Zindzi Mandela will be remembered as "a special soul." Zindzi Mandela, the South African ambassador to Denmark and daughter of Winnie and Nelson Mandela, the former South African president and anti-apartheid luminary, has died at 59 years old, as confirmed by the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation today. Per CNN, Minister of International Relations Naledi Pandor said in a statement, "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. In a statement, the Nelson Mandela Foundation said of her legacy, "Zindzi will be remembered for a rich and extraordinary life, marked by many iconic moments. The years she spent banished with Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to the small town of Brandfort. Zindzi grew up at the height of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, of which her parents were at the forefront as revolutionaries. When her father was imprisoned, Zindzi was the one who read his letter refusing the then State President P.W. Botha's offer of freedom on the basis that Nelson agree to "unconditionally reject violence as a political weapon." This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. Zindzi Mandela, daughter of South African anti-apartheid icons Nelson and Winne Mandela, has died in Johannesburg at the age of 59. State broadcaster SABC said Mandela died at a hospital in the South African capital, but did not reveal a cause of death. Her death was confirmed by the ruling African National Congress, which her father led in the struggle against South Africa's white minority-ruled apartheid regime, then as the country's first Black president. FILE - A 1990 photo showing Nelson Mandela and his then wife Winnie walking upon his release from Victor prison, Cape Town, South Africa. Zindzi rose to prominence in 1985 when she read a letter from her father rejecting then-President P.W. Botha's offer for freedom in exchange for rejecting the ANC's strategy of violent resistance to apartheid. Mandela was serving as South Africa's ambassador to Denmark at the time of her death. South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor praised Zindzi Mandela "as a daughter of our struggle heroes, Tata Nelson and Mama Winnie Mandela, but as a struggle heroine in her own right.