- Zinzdiswa 'Zindzi' Mandela is being laid to rest on Friday morning
- The nation will bid farewell to Nelson Mandela's youngest daughter in a small, private ceremony
- She will be buried next to her mother, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, in Johannesburg
Zindzi Mandela is being laid to rest on Friday in a small, private ceremony with close family members and political figures. Covid-19 regulations have made the burial a quiet affair at the Fourways Memorial Park in Johannesburg.
The former Ambassador to Denmark will be buried next to her mother Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Briefly.co.za had reported that Zindzi's family had confirmed the politician had tested positive for Covid-19 shortly before her passing.
Going public with this information is a move that has earned the family praise from President Cyril Ramaphosa:
“Just yesterday we received the news that Zindzi too had tested positive for the virus. I would like to thank the Mandela family for the very important gesture of sharing this information with the nation."
Speaking during a virtual memorial service for Mandela, Ramaphosa touched on the stigma around the virus:
“This is a virus that affects us all and there should never be any stigma around people who become infected. In doing so, you're helping to encourage social acceptance for sufferers.
"At such a time, what we need most in our lives is to show love and to show care. This gesture is the final act of solidarity in the life of a woman who devoted her life to the cause of her fellow South Africans."
The president says that Zindzi's legacy will be immortalised in South Africa even though she has passed:
“Zindzi has departed this life but her legacy will live on in our minds and in our hearts.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za had spoken to a family friend Sonwabile Ndamase, who paid tribute to her:
"Zindziswa - You were a carbon copy of your mother's struggles and pain. Our hearts are broken, you loved so deeply, so generously. Death has snatched another member of our family, a friend, sister, comrade and mother too soon and left a gaping chasm of pain in the wake of her passing.
"We shall always treasure fond memories of her as a feisty, fearless and proud freedom fighter in her own right."
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