Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of the first black President and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has today died in South Africa aged 59 years, Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday.
The youngest daughter in the family of Mr and Mrs Winnie Madikizela was the South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark.
President Ramaphosa’s statement revealed that Zindzi died today in morning in a hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa.
However, the cause of the death has not been discovered yet. Zindzi was raised and educated both in her home country and the neighbouring nation Swaziland.
According to her family’s statement that released announcing her death, it was noted that she was survived by her children and grandchildren.
The deceased was just like her parents, she was involved in the liberation struggle and an active member of the African National Congress (ANC) youth movement.
Cyril Ramaphosa offered his condolences on the loss of the 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,” said Ramaphosa in a statement.
Mandela’s anniversary happens on every July 18, the date he was born. He died in 2013 at the ripe age of 95 years.
Two of Mandela’s five children are still alive, one of them Zenani Mandela (61) is the South Africa’s ambassador to Argentina while the other one Makaziwe Mandela (66) is a business woman in South Africa.