Zoleka Mandela passed away. She was the granddaughter of Nelson Mandela. And before she emerged from the shadows to embrace his legacy. Her life was entangled in addiction, a suicide attempt. A struggle with cancer, and the agony of losing two young children. Zoleka was 43 years old. She was the offspring of Winnie and Nelson Mandela’s daughter, diplomat Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane. The Mandela family released a statement on Tuesday announcing her passing on Monday. Her long-term battle with breast cancer was now in remission. Her relatives reported that she eventually received a diagnosis of cancer when it metastasized and spread to her liver and lungs.
Nelson Mandela Foundation
The Nelson Mandela Foundation works to preserve the legacy of the South African politician. Which expressed its sorrow over Zoleka Mandela’s passing and condolences to her family. Nelson Mandela passed away in 2013. It complimented her work raising awareness of cancer. And her position as an example to those affected by the disease. To those who had lost children and referred to her as the “beloved grandchild” of Nelson Mandela. She established foundations to aid those in both fields. She continues to inspire us all with her tireless efforts to dispel the stigma. A negative connotation connected to the illness. And spread awareness about cancer prevention, the statement said.
After her 13-year-old daughter Zenani was killed in a vehicle accident in 2010. Her activism also includes efforts for road safety.
Early on in her life, Mandela experienced a number of hardships and tragedies that were nearly too much for one individual to bear. They contrasted with her own attempts. And early failures to follow in the footsteps of her grandfather. A recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, a prominent figure in the anti-apartheid campaign. The first Black president of South Africa.
Zoleka fought drug and alcohol addiction starting in her teenage years after experiencing sexual abuse as a child. Zenani, her 13-year-old daughter. In an automobile crash in 2010. She was killed. While returning from a concert that served as the official World Cup kickoff in South Africa. A drunk driver caused it when Zoleka was receiving medical attention at the hospital. After attempting suicide and was heavily drug and alcohol dependent.