Zindzi Mandela, Daughter of Nelson Mandela, Passes Away at 59.

Zindziswa "Zindzi" Mandela, the daughter of South African icons Nelson and Winnie Mandela, has passed away. Mandela, the South African Ambassador to Denmark, was the youngest daughter of the former South African leader and it was reported that she passed away at a hospital in Johannesburg. 

 

"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," Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations, said in a short statement Monday morning.

 

The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation also released a statement mourning Mandela's death.

 

She was "regarded by many as a child of the nation," the foundation said in a statement, and her death means "South Africa loses an important generational link connecting our divided history to the promise of better, more inclusive, tomorrows."

 

A spokesperson for the Nelson Mandela Foundation told CNN it is currently consulting with the Mandela family before it issues its own statement.

 

The foundation earlier posted that on the same day in 1969, Nelson Mandela's eldest son, Madiba Thembekile Mandela, died in a car crash.

    A third sibling, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, currently serves as South Africa's ambassador to South Korea.

     

    Her father, Nelson Mandela, died in 2013 at the age of 95 and her mother, Winnie Mandela, died in 2018 at the age of 81.

     

    At this time, there is no cause of death for Ms. Mandela. She leaves to cherish her memory, and continue her legacy, four children, Zoleka Mandela, Zondwa Mandela, Bambatha Mandela and Zwelabo Mandela.

     

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