Mandela's personal assistant celebrates her birthday: 4 Facts about Zelda la Grange

Mandela's personal assistant celebrates her birthday: 4 Facts about Zelda la Grange

On Monday, 29 October, Nelson Mandela's right-hand woman, Zelda la Grange, celebrated her 39th birthday.

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For 19 years, until his death, Zelda la Grange acted as late former South African head of state Nelson Mandela's private secretary.

So, decided to honour la Grange's birthday by taking a closer look at her life, career and time with the father of the nation.

Here are four facts about Zelda la Grange:

1. Early life and education

La Grange was born on 29 October 1979 in Pretoria, SA History reported. Mandela's PA then went on to study towards a three-year National Diploma at the Tshwane University of Technology, where after she kick started her career in 1992 at the Department of State Expenditure.

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2. Career

Two years after she started to work at the Department of State Expenditure, la Grange applied to work in the first democratic office.

In 1999, Nelson Mandela was set to retire but he hand-picked la Grange to remain on his service even after he stepped down as the South African head of state.

For the next 14 years, until his death in December 2013, la Grange acted as Madiba's private secretary.

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3. Showing off her skills as an author

A year after Mandela's death, la Grange published a book titled 'Good Morning, Mr Mandela' in which she gave South Africans a glimpse into her life and how Madiba impacted it.

4. Social media controversy

Three-years-ago, la Grange was hauled over the coals after she tweeted then president Jacob Zuma made white people feel uncomfortable after he said all SA's problems started with Jan Van Riebeeck.

South Africans were left divided over her tweet but she issued a public apology after she got a response from ubaba himself.

Briefly wishes Zelda la Grange a happy birthday!

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