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Zindzi Mandela was born on 23 December 1960 in Soweto. The year of her birth was also the year that the African National Congress(ANC) launched its armed wing. 

Her parents were wanted by the government and by the time her father Nelaon Mandela was sent to prison, Zindzi was 18 months old.

She was a South African diplomat and poet who was serving as her country’s ambassador to Denmark at the time of her death.

Zindzi was married twice and had four children; Zoleka Mandela (1980), Zondwa Mandela (1985), Bambatha Mandela (1989) and Zwelabo Mandela (1992).

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Her first husband was Zwelibanzi Hlongwane and her second husband was Molapo Motlhajwa, who was a member of the South African National Defence Force in March 2013.

Zindzi died on 13 July 2020 in Johannesburg, at the age of 59.



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