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Nelson Mandela’s Granddaughter, Zoleka Mandela, Passes Away at 43 After Cancer Battle

Zoleka Mandela, the granddaughter of anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, has sadly passed away at the age of 43 following her battle with cancer. The family announced her passing, revealing that she had been admitted to the hospital on Monday as part of her ongoing treatment.

Zoleka was known for her courageous fight against cancer, and her recent scans had shown significant progress in the disease that had affected her hip, liver, lung, pelvis, brain, and spinal cord.

She was born on April 9, 1980, into the prominent Mandela family, who are direct descendants of King Madiba of the Thembu people. Zoleka had faced personal challenges, including childhood sexual abuse and struggles with addiction to drugs and alcohol.

In 2010, tragedy struck when her 13-year-old daughter Zenani was killed in a car crash. The driver at the time, Sizwe Mankazana, was eventually acquitted. This heartbreaking loss motivated Zoleka to become an advocate for road safety, particularly for sub-Saharan African children, who are at higher risk of road accidents.

Zoleka also battled breast cancer, which she first faced in 2011 and again in 2016. She used social media to share her cancer journey, offering an honest and inspiring perspective. In 2022, she revealed that her cancer had spread to her lungs, liver, and spine.

Throughout her life, Zoleka was known for her activism and advocacy work. She authored the biography “When Hope Whispers” in 2013, which focused on her cancer battle. She was named among the BBC’s ‘100 Women’ in 2016 and served as the UN’s global ambassador for communicable diseases.

Her family mourns her passing, and the Nelson Mandela Foundation expressed its condolences, acknowledging Zoleka’s work in raising awareness about cancer prevention and her dedication to breaking down the stigma surrounding the disease.

Zoleka’s death coincides with the renaming of a road in Johannesburg to “Winnie Mandela Drive” in honor of her mother, Winnie Mandela.

Zoleka Mandela’s courage, advocacy, and her determination to make a difference in the world will be remembered and celebrated by many.

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