Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of foremost South African anti-apartheid leaders Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has died at the age of 59.
According to State television South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the public official died at a Johannesburg hospital early Monday morning.
Zindzi was South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark at the time of her death. She assumed office in 2015. The cause of her death was not immediately revealed.
“The 59-year-old daughter of former President Nelson Mandela and struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, passed away at a Johannesburg hospital in the early hours of this morning,” said SABC.
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.
Zindzi Mandela read his letter rejecting the offer at a packed public meeting that was broadcast around the world. Zindzi was Mandela’s sixth child and his second with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. She is survived by her husband and four children.
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