Nelson Mandela’s firstborn daughter Zindzi Mandela passes on aged 59

Late Zindzi Mandela and her late father Nelson Mandela.Zindzi passed away aged 59 at a hospital in Johanesburg on Monday PHOTO COURTESY

Nelson Mandela’s firstborn daughter Zindzi Mandela has passed away aged 59, South African media reported on Monday.

Zindzi who was known as Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane passed away in a hospital in Johannesburg in the wee hours of Monday.

The late daughter of the late Nelson and Winnie Mandela was serving as the South African ambassador to Denmark before her death.

She leaves behind four children, Zoleka Mandela, Zondwa Mandela, Bambatha Mandela, and Zwelabo Mandela.

Her death was announced by her son Bambatha on Instagram who posted a photo of her late mum and wrote: “Lala ngo Xolo Madlomo”. Which translates to ‘Sleep in peace madam’ in the local Isixhosa language.

The cause of death is not yet known and comes just two years after her mother Winnie Mandela passed away at the Netcare Millpark hospital in Johannesburg.

Last year, Zindzi stirred controversy on social media after tweeting about race and Land in South Africa.

“ Dear Apartheid Apologists, Your time is over, you will not rule again. We do not fear you. Finally, #thelandisours” Winnie tweeted on 14th June.

“ They are cowards, those uninvited visitors who do not want to leave” Winnie added.

A section of South Africans termed her tweets as ‘divisive and racist’ urging the government to recall her as the South African ambassador to Denmark.

However, another group of South Africans led by the Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema drummed up support for her with the hashtag #handsoffzindzi