Zelda la Grange turns 48: 5 facts about Madiba's former secretary

Zelda la Grange turns 48: 5 facts about Madiba's former secretary

Zelda la Grange celebrates her 48th birthday today. The South African is known for her close relationship with the late Nelson Mandela. Briefly.co.za gathered a few interesting facts to celebrate her special day.

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1. Place of birth

Zelda la Grange was born in Pretoria, South Africa.

2. Education

She completed a 3-year National Diploma and started her career at the Department of State Expenditure in 1992.

Zelda la Grange turns 48: 5 facts about Madiba's former secretary

Zelda la Grange turns 48: 5 facts about Madiba's former secretary
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3. Career

She applied for a job in the office of the first Democratic Presidency. President Mandela hand-picked her from his personal staff to remain in his services beyond his retirement in 1999. She served Mandela for over 19 years.

Over the years, her duties included being a personal assistant, spokesperson, manager of stakeholder relations, aide-de-camp and manager of his private office until his death on 5 December 2013.

4. Writing her memoirs

The following year, Zelda published her memoirs titled Good Morning, Mr Mandela. In the book, she detailed her life serving Nelson Mandela and the impact he made in her life.

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5. Controversy

In early 2015, Grange took to her Twitter account to say that she felt that President Jacob Zuma was making white South Africans feel unwelcome in the country by saying that all of South Africa's problems started when Jan van Riebeeck arrived at the Cape in 1652.

Her tweets prompted public backlash. Jacob Zuma even responded to the social media posts which forced her to later apologise.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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