PWMSA Send Condolences To The Mandela Family

July 17, 2020


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PWMSA Send Condolences To The Mandela Family

Media Statement

The Progressive Movement of South Africa has learned with great sadness of the sudden passing of Zindzi Mandela, South Africa’s Ambassador to Denmark on Monday morning, 13th July 2020. Zindzi is the second daughter of struggle icons Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela.

Her passing came as a shock as the country and the whole world prepares to celebrate her father’s birthday on the 18th of July known as the annual International Mandela Day declared by the United Nations in 2009.

An excellent and brave person, Zindzi did not hide behind her parent’s credentials as political activists and freedom fighters, but she was a fearless fighter in her own rights who confronted the injustices of the past and played a role in fighting for freedom and liberation of the people during the apartheid regime. She dedicated her whole life to the liberation struggle.

Minister Naledi Pandor of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation described Zindzi as a person who will not only be remembered as a daughter of our struggle heroes, Tata Nelson and Mama Winnie Mandela, but as a struggle heroine in her own right who served South Africa well.

President Cyril Ramaphosa also paid a moving tribute to Zindzi, describing her as “a household name nationally and internationally, who during our years of struggle, brought home the inhumanity of the apartheid system and the unshakeable resolve of our fight for freedom. After our liberation, she became an icon of the task we began of transforming our society and stepping into spaces and opportunities that had been denied to generations of South Africans”. The President stated that Zindzi Mandela was designated to become South Africa’s head of mission in Monrovia, Liberia.

As the organisation, we honour her contribution in the liberation of our people and we will always remember her as someone who continued to confront racial prejudices that south Africa is still faced with.

We send our deepest condolences to the Mandela family, relatives and friends.

May her soul rest in peace and family strengthened to keep her memory alive.

Issued by:
Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize
PWMSA National Convenor

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