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Zoleka Mandela serves as a big inspiration to many. Image via Instagram: @zolekamandela

Mandela family ‘at war with one another’, says Zoleka

Zoleka Mandela is a columnist and author of ‘When Hope Whispers’.

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Zoleka Mandela serves as a big inspiration to many. Image via Instagram: @zolekamandela

South African writer and activist Zoleka Mandela said on social media that the Mandela family has been going through a rough patch since the passing of her grandfather, Nelson Mandela.

According to Zoleka, the hassles began when her grandparents and mother passed away. In the post – which she addresses to ‘people who don’t mind their own business’ – Zoleka explains:

“After my grandfather passed away, [expletive] literally hit the fan. Things worsened after my grandmother’s passing and I honestly can’t believe that things have gotten even worse after my mother’s passing”.

Mandela family ‘at war with another’

She adds that her family “is at war with one another”, and asked netizens they have “encouraged” a Nelson Mandela impersonator “to be part of a family that does not even want, respect, love or recognise its own bloodline”.

She insinuated that the family doesn’t spend time together – “When was the last time you even saw any of us under one roof, as a family?” – and mentions that there “pure hate and evil” among family members.

“Lives have been threatened, by family members. Do you know that? Family has stolen, lied and fundamentally disrespected and altered what I thought a family or our family stood for”.

Not asking for sympathy

Zoleka said the Mandela family is “not a family” and asked netizens to stop tagging her on social media or telling her how she should behave. This follows after Themba Michael Qhina’s videos have been taking South Africa by storm.

She adds that she doesn’t know Qhina, and suggest that netizens tag her family members on Qhina’s posts instead. Lastly, Zoleka called on her followers to refrain from prescribing how she should act.

“Please refrain from telling me how I should or shouldn’t behave. I’m not asking for sympathy or understanding. I’m telling you to just mind your business”.

 Zoleka is a columnist, author of When Hope Whispers, and director of the ZM Foundation. She is also a breast cancer survivor and activist.

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