Zoleka Mandela, granddaughter of South Africa’s first democratically elected President Nelson Mandela, has died of cancer at the age of 43.
it was learnt that she passed away on Monday evening, surrounded by friends and family.
“we mourn the loss of a beloved grandchild of mum winnie and madiba and a friend of the foundation”. The Nelson Mandela Foundation wrote on social media.
It said that she raised “awareness about cancer prevention” as well as “breaking down the stigma surrounding the disease”.
Ms Mandela also spoke candidly about her struggles with depression and the fact that she had been sexually abused as a child.
In addition, she campaigned for better road safety after her 13-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident in 2010. She later lost a son who was born prematurely. She is survived by four children.
Ms Mandela, who was the granddaughter of Nelson Mandela’s second wife, Winnie, documented her story in her autobiography When Hope Whispers.
Diagnosed with breast cancer at age of 32, and Last year, she confirmed that she had cancer in her liver and lungs, it then spread to other organs. She was being treated as an outpatient but was admitted to hospital just over a week ago before her death.
writing by Miracle Billy, editing by Daniel Adejo