The family of Nelson Mandela, the revered anti-apartheid champion, revealed the passing of Zoleka Mandela, his granddaughter, at the age of 43.
Zoleka, widely recognized for her courageous and candid account of her protracted battle with cancer, had been admitted to a medical facility on Monday for her ongoing treatment, according to a family spokesperson.
Surrounded by close friends and family, Zoleka Mandela’s life came to an end, as stated by Zwelabo Mandela, a family member. She was the offspring of Nelson Mandela’s youngest daughter, Zindzi Mandela, and her first spouse, Zwelibanzi Hlongwane.
In a poignant update, the family disclosed that recent medical scans had indicated “significant” progress in her struggle against cancer, which had affected various parts of her body, including her hip, liver, lung, pelvis, brain, and spinal cord.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation conveyed their condolences via social media, paying tribute to Zoleka’s impactful work in raising awareness about cancer prevention and her steadfast commitment to erasing the stigma associated with the disease.
They invoked the affectionate term “Madiba” to refer to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, a moniker by which Nelson Mandela was fondly known. Her legacy, they affirmed, would continue to inspire individuals globally.