- Zindzi Mandela celebrates her birthday and turns 59 today
- She is the daughter of South Africa's most iconic anti-apartheid activists
- Her life has not been without controversy as she recently came under fire for social media posts
Zindzi Mandela was born on this day in 1960. She is the daughter of anti-apartheid activists Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Briefly.co.za gathered a few quick facts to celebrate her 59th birthday.
1. Personal life
Zindzi Mandela was born on 23 December, 1960 in Soweto to Nelson and Winnie Mandela. She has been married twice and has four children. Her first husband was Zwelibanzi Hlongwane and her second husband, Molapo Motlhajwa.
She was appointed South Africa's ambassador to Denmark in 2014. She first arrived in Denmark in June 2015.
In June this year, Zindzi made a series of tweets which caused significant controversy. These were shared during her time as ambassador to Denmark. While being investigated by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) for breaching their social media policy, Mandela had no regrets and continued to tweet controversial posts:
"I am not accountable to any white man or woman for my personal views. No missus or baas here. Get over yourselves #OurLand"
She was chastised by foreign minister Naledi Pandor and former president Thabo Mbeki also expressed concern. Her views were described as hate speech by ANC veteran Mavuso Msimang. The EFF supported her views along with KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala.
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