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Zindzi Mandela dead: How did Nelson Mandela's daughter die?

Zindzi Mandela

Ramaphosa said he is "deeply saddened" by the passing of Zindzi Nobutho Mandela, who passed away in the early hours of Monday, July 13, at a Johannesburg hospital at the age of 59.

Her granddaughter Ndileka Mandela confirmed the information to dpa on Monday.

Zindzi was former ambassador of South Africa to Denmark and has been described as a struggle icon in her own right.

Zindzi's death comes seven years after her father died on December 5, 2013, and her mother Winnie died aged 81 in 2018.

She was the youngest daughter of Nelson Mandela and Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela.

In 1977 Madikizela-Mandela was banished to Brandfort, then in the Orange Free State, and Zindzi moved with her, taking her out of her normal life. "She served South Africa well", she said.

"My sincerest condolences also go to Dr Shorty Moola's family".

"Zindzi Mandela was a household name nationally and internationally, who during our years of struggle brought home the inhumanity of the apartheid system and the unshakeable resolve of our fight for freedom".

There was no immediate statement by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Her outburst on the social media platform started with the words: "Dear Apartheid Apologists, your time is over".

When her comments were criticised, she said she was not answerable to any white man or woman.

Zindzi was a dear colleague working tirelessly and with a smile to nurture and grow the strong friendship between SouthAfrica and Denmark. It is reported that she died yesterday, 12 July 2020.

Zindzi was married twice and had four children: Zoleka Mandela, (1980), Zondwa Mandela (1985), Bambatha Mandela (1989) and Zwelabo Mandela (1992).