n this day, 13 July 1969 Nelson Mandela’s eldest son Madiba Thembekile (Thembi) died in a car accident, and, sadly the Mandela family will now commemorate Zindzi Mandela on the same day!
According to various news reports, South Africa’s Ambassador to Denmark, former president Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela’s daughter, founder of Mandela Legacy, and published author of Black As I Am, Zindzi Mandela has died at the age of 59 at a Joburg Hospital.
“The 59-year-old passed away at a Johannesburg hospital in the early hours of Monday morning,” reports SABC News on Monday.
“Ambassador Mandela passed away in the early hours of today, 13 July 2020, in a Johannesburg hospital at the age of 59,” confirmed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office.
Our local celebrities pay special tributes to Zindzi Mandela:
“We wake up this morning with the sad news of the passing of Zindzi Mandela. Let Afrika take a moment to salute this daughter of the soil. Hamba Kahle qhawekazi. RIP ?? Elder,” wrote the legendary actor, John Kani.
“I’m deeply saddened by the passing of #ZindziMandela. uSis’ Zindzi was always loving and kind towards me and my entire family. My thoughts and prayers go out to the children (oontanga bam), the grandchildren, and all those who loved and admired her dearly. Lala ngoxolo Madlomo!,” expressed Loyiso Bala.
“I hope that we as a nation never let your legacy down.. forever inspired by what you both stood for! Thank you for all that you did for us! Thank you for fighting for our justice! A true leader and queen Zindzi Mandela we salute you” expressed singer Nandi Madida.
“It’s truly a sad day, she was too young. My heartfelt condolences go out, especially to her immediate family. May she rest in heavenly peace,” said Jennifer Bala.