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Zoleka Mandela. Image: X/@LessyJantjie

Passing of a legend: Facts about Zoleka Mandela

As Mzansi grieves the passing of Zoleka Mandela, we take a look at facts about the legendary writer and activist.

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Zoleka Mandela. Image: X/@LessyJantjie

The tragic passing of Zoleka Mandela’s death was announced on Monday. The activist and writer had an ongoing battle with cancer that spread to various parts of her body. She passed away at the age of 43, leaving behind a legacy that South Africans will never forget. Following her famous grandfather, Nelson Mandela, Zoleka was known for her political will, braveness, and heart towards South Africans. We take a look at her journey and her contribution to Mzansi.

Facts about Zoleka Mandela

Zoleka was more than just the granddaughter of President Nelson Mandela. She inspired a nation through her campaigning and awareness for many causes. Zoleka regularly made headlines for her activism and work. Here are some highlights of her journey.

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Zoleka Mandela campaigned for road safety

Zoleka Mandela tragically lost her daughter Zenani at the age of 13 in 2010 after a car accident. She later went on to become a worldwide campaigner for road safety for children, pioneering many projects such as the “Safe School Project”. Along with the Global Commission on Road Safety, Zoleka helped to raise awareness for road safety and helped prevent accidents across the country.

An inspirational breast cancer activist

Zoleka was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. She shared her experiences and brave journey throughout her battle to create awareness for the illness. Zoleka regularly documented her journey on her Instagram account, giving followers a look into her experience, while advocating for the awareness and treatment of cancer.

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Zoleka’s book gave people hope

Zoleka released an autobiography in 2013 called When Hope Whispers. The book detailed her journey with cancer, her road safety campaign and her personal life. Her book received good reviews as it highlighted her triumph in the face of adversity and struggle.

The Zoleka Mandela Foundation

Zoleka established The Zoleka Mandela Foundation in 2013 to uplift and educate people on social issues that affect South Africans. Through the foundation, she helped raise awareness for cancer and road safety. The social upliftment foundation had several posts and messages from Zoleka herself.

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Positive social media presence

Zoleka’s instagram account has around over 590,000 followers. She used her account to not only create awareness about cancer, but to promote positive and faith during the journey. Her last post before she passed ended with the words “Peace, Passion. Positivity”

Zoleka will remain a legend to Mzansi as many South Africans send their tribute to the beautiful activist. She will be remembered for her work towards important causes, her inspirational words and hope that she gave to many.

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