South African anti-apartheid struggle hero Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter, Zoleka Mandela, has died of cancer aged 43. Known for having detailed her long battle against the disease, a family spokesman said the author was admitted into hospital on Monday as part of her ongoing treatment.
“Zoleka passed away… surrounded by friends and family,” said Zwelabo Mandela.
She was the child of Mandela’s youngest daughter, Zindzi Mandela, and her first husband, Zwelibanzi Hlongwane. The family said recent scans revealed “significant” progress in the cancer that affected her hip, liver, lung, pelvis, brain and spinal cord.