Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter passes on at 43

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The granddaughter of the first president of South Africa the late Nelson Mandela Zoleka Mandela, has died at the age of 43.

Zoleka was battling metastatic cancer and has been in and out of hospital till the time of her demise on the evening of 25 September.

Her death was confirmed by the family through a statement on Tuesday which stated that she had been admitted to hospital on 18 September for ongoing treatment of metastatic cancer to the hip, liver, lungs, pelvis, brain and spinal cord .

In recent years she had become well known for detailing her cancer treatment and also being open about her history of drug addiction and depression, as well as the fact that she had been sexually abused as a child.

Zoleka also campaigned for better road safety after her 13-year -old daughter was killed in a car accident in 2010.

She documented her story in an autobiography ‘When Hope Whispers ‘.

Zoleka had been diagnosed with breast cancer, she received treatment and was in remission but it later recurred .

She confirmed in 2022 that she had cancer in her liver and lungs, it then spread to other organs. She was being treated as an outpatient but she was admitted to hospital just over a week ago.

“I had a CT scan administered a few weeks back, which have 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 on Instagram on 17 September.

” What do I tell my children? How do I tell them that this time around I may not get to live my life as a survivor? How do I tell them everything will be OK when it’s not? I’m dying…I don’t want to die, ” one of her Instagram posts read.

Zoleka was surrounded by friends and family at time of her death. She leaves behind four children.

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