Ndileka Mandela reflects on Zoleka Mandela’s legacy. South Africans were met with the somber news of Zoleka Mandela’s passing.
She was the granddaughter of Tata Nelson and Mama Winnie Mandela, a renowned author, global activist, and a resilient cancer survivor who inspired many with her unwavering fight against cancer, even in the face of bone metastases.
Zoleka, affectionately known for her reference to her “million kids,” maintained a positive outlook and kept her followers updated on her medical procedures and how they affected her well-being.
In a heartfelt video shared by the SABC, Ndileka, Zoleka’s cousin and daughter of Zenani Mandela Dlamini, also a granddaughter of the revered struggle icons, shared her thoughts and memories of her beloved cousin.
Ndileka reminisced, “Well, what can I say about my cousin Zoleka. I knew Zoleka from the time that she was a baby, I was about 14 years old when Zoleka was born. My relationship with her extends from the time that she was born.
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VIDEO | Ndileka Mandela, granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, pays tribute to her cousin Zoleka Mandela who died last night after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 43.https://t.co/XJ9P98cOlVhttps://t.co/XJ9P98cOlV pic.twitter.com/RiXVh6AhUM
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We are a close-knit family, so my memory cast back to the times we would spend in Qunu and in jubilant occasions.
The one thing that Zo has taught me even as her older cousin is endurance, bridging the odds.
Zo fought courageously; she knew the odds were stacked against her but that didn’t discourage her from fighting this terrible news called cancer.”
Zoleka’s absence will be deeply felt by her multitude of admirers who not only cherished her but drew inspiration from her unwavering courage and positive spirit.