Johannesburg (QNN)- Telegrams and messages of condolence from various countries of the world were sent to the family of Zindzi Mandela, daughter of the anti-apartheid heroes Nelson and Winnie Mandela, after she passed away at the age of 59.
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. No other details were given.
Zindzi left behind four children: Zuleika, Zundua, Bambata and Zuilabo. Bambata had declared the death of his
mother as well on social media. The cause of death has not yet been determined.
“We lost a soldier,” commented a social media activist. Another activist described her as a “fierce revolutionary” for her love and attachment to the land.
Mandela’s daughter came to international prominence in 1985, when the white minority government offered to release Nelson Mandela from prison if he denounced the resistance of the native South Africans against apartheid, the brutal system of racial discrimination enforced in South Africa at the time.
Zindzi Mandela read her father’s letter, rejecting the offer at a packed public meeting that was broadcasted all around the world.
Last year Mandela stirred controversy by calling for the return of the white-owned land to South Africa’s dispossessed Black majority.
“Dear Apartheid Apologists, your time is over. You will not rule again. We do not fear you. Finally #TheLandIsOurs,” she tweeted in June last year.