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Zindzi Mandela laid to rest in Johannesburg

Zindzi Mandela, South Africa’s Ambassador to Denmark and daughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, was laid to rest on Friday.

The 59-year-old was laid next to her mother’s burial place at Fourways Memorial Park in Johannesburg North.

Zindzi’s son Zondwa said his mother’s legacy will live on.

“My mother was clear that it is important to celebrate who we are. We will continue her work. She was diversified, kind, and loving and true to herself.

“We are happy to have given her a beautiful and celebratory send-off. I can’t describe the feeling, it’s been an unfortunate loss,’’ he said.

African National Congress (ANC) senior member Jeff Radebe represented the party at the ceremony.

He said; “Even though she was the daughter of one of our iconic leaders, Nelson Mandela, she was a leader in her own right.

“The speech she delivered in 1985 in Soweto resonates not only true to South Africans but to people around the world. It is a sad day,’’ Radebe said.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema who is a close family member also graced the ceremony.

Malema said it was difficult to accept Zinzdi’s passing.

“We are shattered. We are in disbelief but there is nothing we can do. She was fearless. She spoke her mind. When they threatened to fire her, I was like you can’t threaten Zindzi Mandela,” he said.

Zindzi supported the expropriation of land without compensation.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa sent their condolences to the Mandela family ahead of her burial.

Zindzi’s family confirmed that she tested positive for COVID-19 on the day of her death.

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