Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson Mandela, has died - ANC spokesman


  • World
  • Monday, 13 Jul 2020

FILE PHOTO: Zindzi Mandela, daughter of former South African president Nelson Mandela, arrives for the Royal premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" in London December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Zindzi Mandela, daughter of former South African president and liberation hero Nelson Mandela, has died, the spokesman of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said on Monday.

Zindzi Mandela, whose mother was anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, rose to international prominence when she read out Nelson Mandela's rejection of then-president P.W. Botha's offer for freedom in 1985.

State broadcaster SABC said the 59-year-old, who was serving as South Africa's ambassador to Denmark, died in a hospital in Johannesburg. It did not say why she had died.

"This is untimely. She still had a role to play in the transformation of our own society and a bigger role to play even in the African National Congress," said ANC spokesman Pule Mabe.

Mabe said further details would be provided in due course.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Next In World

Chile-Bolivia train route being re-established after 16 years
Putin to review Russian military might as tensions with West soar
U.S. 5th Fleet seizes weapons shipment from stateless dhow in Arabian Sea
Labour's Sadiq Khan re-elected London mayor
French pilot says he was tied to firing target in hazing ritual
Explainer-Can Scotland hold another independence referendum?
Iran's Rouhani upbeat on accord at talks to lift sanctions
Gunmen kill seven Nigerian police officers in oil state attacks
Ireland removes Italy, Austria from hotel quarantine list
Scottish result 'significant' for Irish unity drive, says Sinn Fein leader

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers