Daughter of the late President Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Zindziswa has died at the age of 59. She passed away on Monday morning
13-07-2020 at Johannesburg hospital.
She was a political activist and she was among
those who fought during the apartheid regime. When she was an infant her parents were
imprisoned leaving her in the care of her elder sister Zenani.
In 1977 her mother was banished to Brandfort then Orange Free State, she moved with
her out of her normal life. She then moved to Swaziland, and upon finishing secondary
school she was enrolled at the University of Cape Town for a law degree. Zindziswa and her
sister soon became an effective spokesperson for her parents.
In 1985, she graduated and was selected to read her father’s refusal speech after
president PW Botha offered him release from prison. Zindziswa has written poetry and
has been published on several occasions, one of her work was the book, Black, as I am
included pictures taken by revered Drum magazine journalist Peter Magubane.
She also appeared in publications including somehow we survive: An anthology of South African
writing, edited by Sterling Plumpp. She also appeared Daughter of Africa edited by
Zindziswa was appointed South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark in
2014, and visited the country in June 2015. She has attended the 2013 premier of the long
walk to freedom, a biopic of her late father based on his autobiography. There she met the
Duke and Idris Elba who played her father.
In 2009 BBC telefilm, Zindzi Mandela was portrayed by Refilwe Pitsoe.
In the film Invictus she as portrayed by Bonnie Henna. The former ambassador married
twice first to Zwelibanzi Hlongwane, and second to Molapo Motlhanjwa in 2013. She is
survived by her four children.
More story to follow since the Department still gathering information on the cause of
Zindziswa Mandela’s death.