Zindzi Mandela, daughter of South African liberation hero Nelson Mandela and anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has died, according to official information released by the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
State broadcaster SABC said on Monday Mandela, who has been serving as South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark since 2015, died in a hospital in Johannesburg on Sunday evening. No other details were given.
Pule Mabe, the spokesman for the governing African National Congress, described her death as “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,”
Educated in South Africa and Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Zindzi Mandela spent many years involved in South Africa’s freedom struggle and embraced roles in the arts, philanthropy and business.
She rose to international prominence when she read out her father’s rejection of then-President PW Botha’s offer for freedom in 1985.
Zindzi Mandela is survived by her husband and four children.