- International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor said she is shocked by the passing of Zindzi Mandela
- Zindzi was South Africa's Ambassador to Denmark and the loss was unexpected and sudden
- The cause of death is yet to be confirmed by the family as condolences pour in
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Minister of International Relations Naledi Pandor has expressed her shock by the passing of South Africa’s Ambassador to Denmark, Zindzi Mandela.
The 59-year old was scheduled to travel back to Denmark but was unfortunately restricted by the Covid-19 lockdown travel ban.
Zindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Nelson Mandela, died in a Johannesburg hospital in the early hours of Monday morning.
Condolences have began pouring in for the political activist who was among those who fought the oppressive apartheid regime.
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News24 reported that Pandor said her department was still gathering information regarding the ambassador's death.
"Zindzi will not only be remembered as a daughter of our struggle heroes, Tata Nelson and Mama Winnie Mandela, but as a struggle heroine in her own right. She served South Africa well. May her soul rest in peace."
Zindzi Mandela served as South Africa's Ambassador to Denmark from 2015.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has described Zindzi as a "fearless political activist who was a leader in her own right".
Ramaphosa said "her spirit joins Tata Madiba and Mama Winnie in a reunion of leaders to whom we owe our freedom".
Johannesburg Mayor Geoffrey Makhubo said the then 25-year-old Mandela "made history” in Soweto in 1985 when she read her father’s famous refusal to accept PW Botha's offer of a conditional release.
ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said the ANC was still gathering information on Mandela's death but was giving the family privacy at this stage.
Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane thanked Mandela for her "service to the people of South Africa". Zindzi is survived by her four children and her husband.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that UDM leader Bantu Holomisa botched an interview concerning the passing of Zindzi. Holomisa did an interview with eNCA on Monday morning where he was asked to comment on the matter.
With the Mandela family yet to issue a statement about the cause of Zindzi's death, Holomisa erroneously assumed she died because of the Covid-19 virus. When asked to confirm this, the leader deflected the statement back to the host.
The interview reached an awkward point with Holomisa saying the host was asking the wrong person the questions.
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