Zindziswa “Zindzi” Mandela has died at the age of 59.
The news was confirmed on Monday morning by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
The daughter of former President Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela served as South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark.
Mandela is survived by her four children and her husband.
Nelson Mandela International Day is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on 18 July, Mandela’s birthday. The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held on 18 July 2010.
Tributes and condolence messages for Zinzi have since started pouring in on social media. Here are some of the messages.
Sad about her passing: I was already missing her voice on social media, a while ago. Zinzi Mandela was the first young black woman I heard speak when I was a student at university of Natal and she addressed a student gathering calling 4 the release of her father, #NelsonMandela pic.twitter.com/IJkBvMoa7f
— cheryl roberts (@cherylroberts00) July 13, 2020
— Christo (@ChristoThurston) July 13, 2020
R. I. P Zinzi Mandela pic.twitter.com/DE72S0I67F
— KHANYI MBAU (@MbauReloaded) July 13, 2020