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Zindzi Mandela dies at 59

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Cause of death still unknown

Staff reporter

July 13, 2020

Gauteng, South Africa: Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of South Africa's anti-apartheid icons Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has died.

She died in Johannesburg on Monday morning aged 59.

She was the South African ambassador to Denmark at the time of her death. 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.

She was Nelson Mandela's sixth child and his second with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

She 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.

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

She is survived by her husband and four children.