Zindzi Mandela, daughter of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nelson Mandela, died at the age of 59, last Monday in a Johannesburg hospital. The South African ambassador to Denmark had tested positive for Coronavirus before her death, despite this, the reasons for her death have not yet been confirmed.
The news was made public by one of her daughters in SABC, the South African media, the family would be waiting for the autopsy results to find out if COVID-19 was the reason for her death.
The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, praised the family’s attitude for transparency regarding the death of Zindzi, the president assured that there should be no stigma around people who become infected, he also thanked the gesture of the Mandela and reflected, «A final act of solidarity in the life of a woman who dedicated her life to the cause of her fellow South African citizens.»
The youngest daughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, anti-apartheid activists, had been born in Soweto, a black ghetto southwest of Johannesburg, the life of the diplomat was marked by the struggle of her father, who was arrested and sentenced to life in prison when she was only two years old.
The death of Zindzi Mandela coincided with that of his brother Madiba Mandela, who died on July 13, 1969, in a car accident.
He was a politician, lawyer, activist in the fight against apartheid – a set of laws that discriminated against blacks and Indians and gave privileges to whites – he also won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, while 1994 became first South Africa’s black president, in the country’s first democratic elections, ending apartheid. Mandela died in 2013, more than 100 international leaders attended his funeral.