The daughter of South African liberation hero and anti-apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela, Zindzi Mandela, has died.
Mandela, who has been serving as South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark since 2015, died in a hospital in Johannesburg on Sunday evening at the age of 59.
The spokesman for the governing African National Congress, Pule Mabe, described her death as “untimely”.
“She still had a role to play in the transformation of our own society and a bigger role to play even in the African National Congress,” Mabe said, adding further details would be provided in due course.
Denmark’s ambassador to South Africa, Tobias Elling Rehfeld, said he was “saddened” to learn about her death.
He tweeted, “I am so saddened to learn that Ambassador Zindzi Mandela has passed away. Zindzi was a dear colleague working tirelessly and with a smile to nurture and grow the strong friendship between SouthAfrica and Denmark. My deep condolence to the Mandela family!”
Zindzi Mandela is survived by her husband and four children.