Mandla Mandela, the grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, has taken to Instagram to pay tribute to his aunt, Zindziswa Mandela, who died in a Johannesburg hospital on Monday morning

He said death had snatched another member of his family too soon and left a gaping chasm of pain in the wake of Zindziswa’s death.

“We shall always treasure fond memories of her as a feisty, fearless and proud freedom fighter in her own right,” Mandla added.

“Zindziswa, the youngest daughter of my grandfather Nkosi Dalibhunga [Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela] from Mam Winnie, was very close to my father, Makgatho Lewanika Mandela, in the wake of uTatomkhulu’s incarceration. My father acted as a father figure to her in this difficult time.

“My earliest and fondest childhood recollection of her was my mispronunciation of her name and I called her ‘Zinjisha’ much to everyone’s amusement.

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“I have fond memories of the ride to Brandfort in her purple Beetle to visit Mam Winnie,” Mandla said.

“She and my dad were also instrumental in arranging my visit to Pollsmoor Prison to meet my grandfather for the first time. I am eternally indebted as this marked an important milestone in my life and the genesis of my political education at a tender young age.”

 

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Farewell Aunt Zindziswa!! Monday, 13th July 2020: Death has snatched another member of our family too soon and left a gaping chasm of pain in the wake of her passing. We shall always treasure fond memories of her as a feisty, fearless and proud freedom fighter in her own right. Zindziswa the youngest daughter of my grandfather, Nkosi Dalibhunga (Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela) from Mam Winnie, was very close to my father Makgatho Lewanika Mandela in the wake of uTatomkhulu’s incarceration. My father acted as a father figure to her in this difficult time. My earliest and fondest childhood recollection of her was my mispronounciation of her name and i called her Zinjisha much to everyone’s amusement. I have fond memories of the ride to Brandfort in her purple beetle to visit Mam Winnie. She and my dad were also instrumental in arranging my visit to Polsmoor Prison to meet my grandfather for the first time. I am eternally indebted as this marked an important milestone in my life and the genesis of my political education at a tender young age. For a long time she was the only member of the Mandela family residing at 8115 Vilakazi street in Soweto and we shared many fond and treasured memories. Every time I came by, she would teach me how to play a piano in the lounge. For most activists and ordinary South Africans though, it was the image of a beautiful courageous and fearless Zindzi that inspired them on an unforgettable day of the 10th February 1985 at Soweto’s Orlando Stadium. The UDF had organized a celebration of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s Nobel Peace Prize Award. She cut a colossal figure for someone still in her teens when she defied the authorities and read her father’s refusal of PW Botha’s conditional release. Her voice powerfully and courageously carried and conveyed Nelson Mandela’s resolute challenge to dismantle apartheid; unban the ANC; free all political prisoners and those who had been banished; the return of all exiles and to guarantee free political activity. This is how we shall fondly remember her and remind ourselves that the long walk to freedom is far from over.

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He said for a long time, Zindziswa was the only member of the Mandela family residing at 8115 Vilakazi Street in Soweto where the two of them shared many fond and treasured memories.

“Every time I came by, she would teach me how to play a piano in the lounge.”

Mandla also recalled when Zindziswa gave a moving address at a gathering in Soweto in 1985 where she read out her father’s rejection letter of then-president PW Botha’s offer of release on the condition he renounced violence.

“She cut a colossal figure for someone still in her teens when she defied the authorities and read her father’s refusal of PW Botha’s conditional release.

“Her voice powerfully and courageously carried and conveyed Nelson Mandela’s resolute challenge to dismantle apartheid; unban the ANC; free all political prisoners and those who had been banished; the return of all exiles and to guarantee free political activity.

“This is how we shall fondly remember her and remind ourselves that the long walk to freedom is far from over,” he said.

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