- South Africa is mourning the passing of Zindzi Mandela, the child of struggle icons Nelson Mandela and Winnie-Madikizela Mandela
- UDM leader Bantu Holomisa,who is a close family friend of the Mandelas, was asked for his opinion on the passing of South Africa's Ambassador to Denmark
- The interview ending up taking the wrong turn with some mixed signals
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On Monday, South Africa received news of the tragic passing of Zindzi Mandela at age 59. Zindzi is the daughter of former President Nelson Mandela and ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
eNCA conducted an interview with United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa on the passing of Zindzi.
The UDM leader is a close family friend of the Mandelas and was asked to comment on the tragic death.
In what appears to be miscommunication between host Jane Dutton and Holomisa, an awkward moment then ensued.
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Zindzi was South Africa's Ambassador to Denmark at the time of her passing.
The cause of Zindzi's death has yet to be confirmed by the family. However, Holomisa wrongly assumed it was the Covid-19 virus, saying the virus was deadly.
When asked to confirm if the cause of death was indeed the cause, Holomisa said
"I am not sure, I (have) just heard from you".
A confused Dutton then moved on, asking the UDM leader to reflecting on Zindzi losing her mom, Winnie.
Holomisa responded, saying
"Losing her mom? You are speaking to the wrong person. I don't know what you are talking about."
Both Dutton and the rest of South Africa were left confused by the interview similar to another one Holomisa did a few years ago about how to "teach a fish".
When asked about the interview by a user on Twitter what happened, Holomisa said:
"The network was terrible my brother. She sounded as if she was saying Zindzi had left her mom."
The UDM leader has since posted another video expressing condolences to the Mandela family.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that messages of condolences from celebrities have poured in. South African celebrities paid tribute to the late Zindzi, wishing that her soul rest in peace.
Photographer Trevor Stuurman said:
"Rest in eternal power. #ZindziMandela"
Nandi Madida said:
"I hope that we as a nation never let your legacy down.. forever inspired by what you both stood for! Thank you for all that you did for us."
Film director, actress and wife to EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Mmabatho Montsho, expressed her disbelief. She tweeted:
"Say it isn't so #ZindziMandela"
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