Zoleka Mandela, the mother of Zenani Mandela, speaks during the launch of the Zenani Mandela Scholarship for road safety, which will contribute to the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 campaign, in central London, on April 12, 2011. A scholarship to raise road safety awareness has been launched in London Tuesday in memory of the great-granddaughter of ex-South Africa leader Nelson Mandela, who was killed last year. Zenani Mandela, 13, died in a road accident on June 10 in South Africa after returning from a concert celebrating the start of the 2010 football World Cup. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

Zoleka Mandela, Granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, Passes Away at 43 After Battle with Cancer

Zoleka Mandela, the granddaughter of South Africa’s inaugural democratically elected President Nelson Mandela, has tragically passed away at the age of 43, losing her battle with cancer. A spokesperson confirmed her passing on Monday evening, with close friends and family at her side.

In recent times, Ms. Mandela had gained widespread recognition for her candid chronicles of her cancer treatment journey. She had also been forthright about her past struggles with drug addiction.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation hailed her as a source of inspiration for her efforts in raising awareness about cancer prevention and dismantling the societal stigma associated with the disease.

Ms. Mandela was unreserved in discussing her battles with depression and the childhood trauma of sexual abuse she endured.

Furthermore, she was an advocate for improved road safety, prompted by the tragic loss of her 13-year-old daughter in a car accident in 2010. Later, she experienced the heartache of losing a prematurely born son. She leaves behind four surviving children.

Ms. Mandela, the granddaughter of Nelson Mandela’s second wife, Winnie, chronicled her life journey in her autobiography, “When Hope Whispers.” She faced her first bout with cancer at the age of 32, receiving treatment and achieving remission, only to confront a recurrence of the illness.

Last year, she revealed her battle with liver and lung cancer, which subsequently spread to other organs. Initially undergoing outpatient treatment, she was admitted to the hospital just over a week ago, ultimately succumbing to the disease.

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