The granddaughter of struggle heroes Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela Mandela, Zoleka Mandela died on Monday after a battle with cancer. Mandela who is also an activist and Author died at the age of 43. 

Zoleka was admitted to the hospital on Monday for ongoing treatment for cancer of the hip, liver, lung, pelvis, brain and spinal cord.

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The Mandela family released a statement on Monday confirming her death.

On Monday. September 18th, Zoleka Mandela was admitted into the hospital for ongoing treatment for metastatic cancer to the hip, liver, lung, pelvis, brain, and spinal cord.


“Recent scans revealed significant disease progression including fibrosis in the lungs as well as several emboli. Zoleka passed away on the evening of Monday, September 25th, surrounded by friends and also family.

Our sincerest gratitude to the medical team that took care of her.”

Mandela was a two-time breast cancer survivor. She had just looked back into her 10-year journey since being diagnosed with cancer when she learned that she had another battle to fight.

Zoleka Mandela has died after a long battle with cancer
Zoleka Mandela

She also told Kaya FM in April that she was in the planning stages. ‘’There is a lot of pain. I mean, every day is different,” she said at the time. 

“So the form of treatment is different in the sense that, in this regard, they are doing a lot of trying to Improve my quality of life and in reducing pain.

“So, my treatment would be more of strengthening the bones, which are also easily fractured. I do have fractured bones due to cancer.’’

‘’No, I mean, I think for a very long time, I was just like, okay, I am tired. Let it do what it needs to do. And that’s fine. I don’t want to do that to my kids. I think it probably will sound strange. But I think I am blessed enough or fortunate enough to be in a position where I am in my planning stages.

“I am having conversations with my loved ones, my lawyer, my therapist, and my siblings about what happened on the day leading to my passing. What happens after I pass away?’’ said Mandela