Zoleka Mandela

Zoleka Mandela died Monday, 25 September. Image via Instagram @zolekamandela

Family statement reveals Zoleka Mandela’s cause of death [photos]

43-year-old author, activist, and Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter, Zoleka Mandela died on Monday morning, 25 September.

Zoleka Mandela

Zoleka Mandela died Monday, 25 September. Image via Instagram @zolekamandela

A family spokesperson revealed that Zoleka Mandela passed away on Monday, 25 September after she was admitted to hospital on 18 September amid her ongoing battle with cancer.


Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter, Zoleka Mandela passed away on Monday 25 September. Zoleka was admitted to the he hospital to treat her metastatic cancer to the hip, liver, lung, pelvis, brain, and spinal cord, according to a statement from her family. Her recent scans showed a “significant disease progression” in her lungs. Several emboli were also detected in her scan.

She is said to have passed away surrounded by friends and family members. The Mandela family further extended their gratitude to the medical team that took care of her.

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Zoleka Mandela
Zoleka Mandela. Image via Instagram @zolekamandela


Earlier this month, Zoleka Mandela took to her Instagram and shared that had been experiencing chest pains before she was admitted to hospital. She explained that she had a CT Scan and the doctors recommended that she undergoes oral chemotherapy. In her positive spirit, she joked that she was feeling like the “Oros lady” because her face had become puffy.  

“17.09.2023 – I had a CT Scan administered a few weeks back, which has shown that I have blood clots as well as Fibrosis in my lung. This explains the chest pains I had been feeling. My Medical Oncologist has recommended blood thinners and Oral Chemo. On the upside, I’m incredibly grateful that I am still treatable.” she wrote.

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Her memorial or funeral details have not been shared yet. She is the granddaughter of the late and former South African president Nelson Mandela. She was a mother of six and the daughter of Zindziswa Mandela and Oupa Johannes Mafanyana Seakamela.

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