- On 13 July, South Africans woke up to heartbreaking news that Zindzi Mandela passed away
- However, the date of her death is the exact same of her half-brother, Thembekile “Thembi” Mandela
- Thembi died on 13 July, 1969, as a result on injuries sustained in a fatal car accident
On this day in history, 51 years ago, Thembekile "Thembi" Mandela died in a car accident. Thembi was the son of late former President Nelson Mandela and his wife, Evelyn Mase.
Madiba was serving a life sentence at Robben Island at the time of his son's death and he was not allowed to attend Thembi's funeral.
According to reports, authorities of the previous regime even denied Mandela details surrounding his son's accident.
South African History Online reported Mandela was filled with anguish over not being allowed to attend the funeral or know what exactly happened to his son.
Life does have strange coincidences. On the exact same date, 51 years apart, another one of Mandela's children passed away.
Thembekile died on the exact same date as his half-sister, Zindzi Mandela. Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported Zindziswa 'Zindzi' Mandela has passed away suddenly aged 59, according to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
News24 reported Zindzi died at a hospital in Johannesburg in the early morning hours on Monday.
The daughter of struggle veterans Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela had served as an SA ambassador to Denmark.
Mandela leaves behind four children and her husband. Zindzi was a political activist and helped fight the oppressive apartheid regime.
In other news, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will be addressing South Africa on Monday.
Dlamini-Zuma will be leading the National Coronavirus Command Council briefing and will be joined by Minister Ebrahim Patel and Minister Ronald Lamola.
This follows President Cyril Ramaphosa's national address on Sunday night, where he announced stricter lockdown regulations under Level 3.
The SA head state revealed a curfew will be reinstates as well as the ban on alcohol with immediate effect.
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