Zindzi Mandela tested positive for Covid19
At the time of her passing, 59-year-old Zindzi Mandela, daughter of South African anti-apartheid leaders’ Nelson and Winnie Mandela tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
This was disclosed by her son Zondwa Mandela, but he stated that Covid19 isn’t the cause of his mother’s death, only that she tested positive on the day she died on Monday in Johannesburg.
Her son Zondwa Mandela told state broadcaster SABC: ‘My mother did in fact test positive for Covid-19 on the day of her passing.
‘Although, this doesn’t, therefore, mean that she died of COVID-related complications, but simply that she tested positive for it.
He added: ‘Simply by the virtue that there was a positive test, we are therefore obligated to function and work within the framework of the existing regulation related to such cases.’
Zindzi who died on Monday morning is the sixth child of Nelson Mandela and Winne Mandela’s second, she was their youngest child.
Zindzi could be described as an activist in her own right, she rose to international prominence when she read out Nelson Mandela’s rejection of then-president P.W. Botha’s offer for freedom in 1985.
She read his letter rejecting the offer at a packed stadium which was broadcast around the world.
She is survived by her husband Molapo Moltihajwa, and four children.
She was the South African Ambassador to Denmark at the time of her death.