Zindzi Mandela dead: Daughter of former South African leader Nelson Mandela dies aged 59

Nelson Mandela’s daughter, Zindzi, has died at the aged of 59.

The daughter of South African anti-apartheid leaders Nelson and Winnie Mandela died in hospital in Johannesburg early on Monday morning, state television South African Broadcasting Corporation reported

At the time of her death, she was South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark.

The Mandelas’ daughter came to international prominence in 1985, when the white minority Government offered to release Mr 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 which was broadcast around the world.

In 2013, Zindzi attended the UK premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, where she met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Zindzi is survived by her husband and four children.

Source: Evening Standard UK

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