Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter, Zoleka Mandela, has died at the age of 43.
“The Nelson Mandela Foundation extends its heartfelt condolences to the Mandela family on the passing of Zoleka Mandela, tragically last night,” the Nelson Mandela Foundation said in a statement released on Tuesday morning. “We mourn the loss of a beloved grandchild of Mum Winnie and Madiba and a friend of the Foundation.”
Zoleka Mandela, who was born on April 9, 1983, spent her entire life as an outspoken writer and advocate for justice and healthcare. Zoleka Mandela, the child of MJ Seakamela and Zindzi Mandela, was a grandchild of Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela.
“Her work in raising awareness about cancer prevention and her unwavering commitment to breaking down the stigma surrounding the disease will continue to inspire us all,” the Nelson Mandela Foundation said.
A statement posted to Zoleka Mandela’s Instagram account detailed her ongoing recent struggles with cancer.
“On Monday, September 18th, Zoleka Mandela was admitted into hospital for ongoing treatment for metastatic cancer to the hip, liver, lung, pelvis, brain and spinal cord,” the statement attributed to family spokesperson Zwelabo Mandela read. “Recent scans revealed significant disease progression including fibrosis in the lungs as well as several emboli.”