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Daughter of Nelson Mandela dies at 59


Zindzi Mandela, daughter of South African anti-apartheid leaders Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has died aged 59. State television reported that Mandela died in hospital in Johannesbu­rg early yesterday. She had been South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark since 2015. The Mandelas’ daughter came to prominence in 1985 when the white minority government offered to release Nelson Mandela from prison if he denounced violence perpetrate­d by his movement, the African National Congress, against apartheid, the brutal system of racial discrimina­tion enforced in the country at the time. Zindzi Mandela read his letter rejecting the offer at a public meeting that was broadcast around the world.

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