She put on a good fight for about 11 years. Author and Activist, Zoleka Mandela (43) has passed on after bravely fighting cancer. The Mandela family confirmed the passing of the granddaughter of struggle stalwarts Nelson and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, surrounded by friends and family. Her family announced the news a day after her passing and on her what would have been her grand mother’s birthday.

Family spokesperson Zwelabo Mandela said Zoleka was admitted into hospital for ongoing treatment. “She was admitted for metastatic cancer to the hip, liver, liver, lung, pelvis brain and spinal cord. Recent scans revealed signifcant disease progression including fibrosis in the lungs as well as several emboli. Zoleka passed away on the evening of 26 September, surrounded by friends and family. Our sincerest gratitude to the medical team that took care of her,” Zwelabo said.

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