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Nelson Mandela’s daughter, Zindzi dies at 59

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Nelson Mandela’s daughter, Zindzi dies at 59

Nelson Mandela's daughter, Zindzi dies at 59

Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi dies at 59

Zindzi Mandela, daughter of South African anti-apartheid leaders Nelson and Winnie Mandela, has died at the age of 59, the spokesman of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said today.

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.

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.

She read his letter rejecting the offer at a packed public meeting which was broadcast around the world.

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.

Last year Zindzi stirred controversy by calling for the return of the white-owned land to South Africa’s dispossessed Black majority.

‘Dear Apartheid Apologists, your time is over. You will not rule again. We do not fear you. Finally #TheLandIsOurs,’ she tweeted in June last year.

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