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'A leader in her own right' - Ramaphosa pays tribute to 'fearless political activist' Zindzi Mandela

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'A leader in her own right' - Ramaphosa pays tribute to 'fearless political activist' Zindzi Mandela

President Cyril Ramaphosa

13th July 2020

By: News24Wire

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has described Zindzi Mandela as a "fearless political activist who was a leader in her own right".

"Zindzi Mandela was 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.

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"Her spirit joins Tata Madiba and Mama Winnie in a reunion of leaders to whom we owe our freedom."

Zindzi Mandela, who was South Africa's ambassador to Denmark from 2015, died in the early hours of Monday morning in a Johannesburg hospital. She was 59.

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Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor earlier said her department was still gathering information on the ambassador's death.

Ramaphosa said Mandela was designated to become South Africa's head of mission in Monrovia, Liberia.

According to the Presidency, Mandela - who was raised in Soweto and educated in SA and Swaziland - spent many years involved in the struggle against apartheid and "embraced roles in the arts, philanthropy and business".

She served as the deputy president of the Soweto Youth Congress, was a member of the Release Mandela Campaign and was an underground operative of Umkhonto we Sizwe.

The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) said Mandela's "whole life was defined by, and dedicated to, the liberation struggle".

"Comrade Zindzi herself, together with her sister comrade Zenani, were constantly harassed by the apartheid security police. They were never afforded a normal childhood and the most basic dignity, respect, and humanity of a normal family life," it said in a statement.

The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in a statement said Winnie Mandela and her daughters Zindzi and Zenani "played a critical role symbolising the humanity and steadfastness of the anti-apartheid struggle" for the 27 years that Mandela was imprisoned.

"With Zindzi’s death, aged just 59, South Africa loses an important generational link connecting our divided history to the promise of better, more inclusive, tomorrows," it said.

Zindzi, the younger of the Mandela daughters, was regarded by many as a "child of the nation".

"She accompanied her mother into banishment at Brandfort, and visited her father on Robben Island from the age of 16. In 1985, with South Africa in the depths of a brutally enforced State of Emergency, Zindzi’s speech in Soweto, on behalf of her father, rejecting PW Botha’s offer of a conditional release, reinvigorated the values and principles of the struggle.

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