South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa is saddened by the passing of the country’s former Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark, Zindziswa “Zindzi” Nobutho Mandela.
Zindzi died in the early hours of Monday in a Johannesburg hospital at the age of 59.
The daughter of former South African President Nelson Mandela, had been posted to Denmark in 2015 and had been designated to become South Africa’s Head of Mission in Monrovia, Liberia.
The President has thus offered his sincere condolences to the Ambassador’s immediate family, the Mandela family at large, friends of the late Ambassador, and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
“I offer my deep condolences to the Mandela family as we mourn the passing of a fearless political activist who was a leader in her own right,’’ said President Ramaphosa.
“Our sadness is compounded by this loss being visited upon us just days before the world marks the birthday of the great Nelson Mandela.
“Zindzi Mandela was a household name nationally and internationally, who during our years of struggle brought home the inhumanity of the apartheid system and the unshakeable resolve of our fight for freedom.
“After our liberation, she became an icon of the task we began of transforming our society and stepping into spaces and opportunities that had been denied to generations of South Africans.
He concluded “Her spirit joins Tata Madiba and Mama Winnie in a reunion of leaders to whom we owe our freedom.”