President Cyril Ramaphosa reacts to Zoleka Mandela’s death


Cyril Ramaphosa moruns with the Mandela family over Zoleka Mandela’s death

President Cyril Ramaphosa sends condolence to the Mandela family as they mourn the passing of author Zoleka Mandela.

The 43-year-old died on Monday after battling cancer.

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office says Zoleka Mandela, the granddaughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, died at an age that has deprived the nation of her full potential.

Joining individuals and organisations who have expressed their condolences to the Mandela family, Presidency spokesperson Vincent Magwenya said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Ms Mandela, who has passed away at an age that has deprived all of us from the benefit of her full potential, with her charismatic and creative commitment to a diversity of social causes as well as campaigns.”

“As the Presidency, we add our sincerest condolences to the sympathies expressed by many individuals and organisations at the passing of Ms Zoleka Mandela,” he said.

On Tuesday, the family announced Zoleka’s passing in  an official statement.

“Recent scans revealed significant disease progression including fibrosis in the lungs as well as several emboli. Zoleka passed away on the evening of Monday surrounded by friends and family. Our sincerest gratitude to the medical team that took care of her,” read the statement.

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