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Just In: Nelson Mandela's Daughter, Zindzi, Confirmed Dead


July. 13, 2020

Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of South African anti-apartheid leaders Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has died aged 59. The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation said on Monday, July 13, 2020. Zindi Mandela also known as Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane, was a South African politician who was serving as her country's ambassador to Denmark at the time of her death. The daughter of anti-apartheid activists Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Zindzi was the younger sister of Zenani Mandela and the third of Nelson Mandela's three daughters. 
The Mandelas’ daughter came to international prominence in 1985, when the white minority government offered to release Nelson Mandela from prison if he denounced violence perpetrated by his movement, the Africa National Congress, against apartheid, the brutal system of racial discrimination enforced in South Africa at that time.
After Mandela was elected president and his divorce from Winnie in 1996, Zindziswa was chosen to accompany her father to his inauguration and become the stand-in First Lady of South Africa. This arrangement continued until her father remarried in 1998 on his 80th birthday to former Mozambique first lady Graça Machel.
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. She had been South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark since 2015.
Zindzi was married twice and had four children: Zoleka Mandela (1980), Zondwa Mandela (1985), Bambatha Mandela (1989), and Zwelabo Mandela (1992). Her first husband was Zwelibanzi Hlongwane. She married her second husband, Molapo Motlhajwa, who was a member of the South African National Defence Force, in March 2013. Zindzi died on 13 July 2020 in Johannesburg, at the age of 59.
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