Mandela’s daughter Zindzi dies at 59 Jul 14, 2020 0 1260 12345 AFPJohannesburgZindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela died on Monday at the age of 59, her family and President Cyril Ramaphosa announced.Daughter to Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, she was South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark at the time of her death, which coincided with the anniversary of a car crash that claimed the life of his first son, 51 years earlier.“Ambassador Mandela passed away in the early hours of today, 13 July 2020, in a Johannesburg hospital,” Ramaphosa said in a statement.The cause of her death was not immediately revealed.She had been designated to become South Africa’s envoy to Liberia after her stint in Copenhagen, which started in 2015.The Mandela family released a brief statement announcing her death, which said she was survived by her children and grandchildren.Zindzi was born and raised in Soweto and grew up while her father was incarcerated by the apartheid regime for 27 years. Like her parents, she was involved in the liberation struggle and was an active member of the African National Congress (ANC) youth movement.One of her most prominent moments was in 1985 when she read out -- in front of a huge crowd of ANC supporters at a Soweto stadium -- a letter in which her father rejected an offer of release from the then apartheid president, P.W. Botha.At the time Botha had offered to free Mandela from prison on condition he renounced the anti-apartheid violence and protests.That letter, which she read dressed in yellow and black -- the trademark colours her father had adopted as a statesman -- “reinvigorated the values and principles of the struggle”, according to another anti-apartheid icon, retired archbishop Desmond Tutu.“For the 27 years that Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, his family -- wife... and daughters Zindzi and Zenani -- played a critical role symbolising the humanity and steadfastness of the anti-apartheid struggle,” the Tutu Foundation said in a statement.Her fiery anti-apartheid stance did not wane with age.In June last year, Zindzi set off a storm when she tweeted “Dear Apartheid Apologists, your time is over. You will not rule again. We do not fear you. Finally #TheLandIsOurs”.Paying tribute to Zindzi’s “unshakeable resolve of our fight for freedom”, Ramaphosa referred to her as “a fearless political activist who was a leader in her own right”. “Our sadness is compounded by this loss being visited upon us just days before the world marks the birthday of the great Nelson Mandela,” said Ramaphosa. Mandela died in December 2013 at the age of 95. The anniversary of his birth is on July 18. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Iran says virus death toll tops 13,000 Jul 14, 2020 0 283 Shooting down of Ukrainian aircraft due to ‘human error’: Iran Jul 14, 2020 0 38 Third Iranian lawmaker dies from coronavirus Jul 14, 2020 0 52 Hezbollah parliamentary bloc lodges complaint against US ambassador Beirut The parliamentary bloc of Lebanon’s pro-Iran Shiite movement Hezbollah on Monday lodged an official complaint with the Lebanese Foreign Ministry against the US ambassador in Beirut. Headed by .. Seven children, 2 women killed in Yemen air strike: UN AFP Dubai Seven children and two women were killed in an air raid in northwest Yemen, a UN agency said Monday, as Riyadh said it intercepted missiles fired by Yemeni Huthi rebels. The UN Office for the Coordination of .. Saudi coalition says it destroyed drones, missiles of Yemeni rebels DPA Riyadh The Saudi-led coalition said on Monday it had intercepted and destroyed four missiles and seven bomb-laden drones launched by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels towards the kingdom. Coalition spokesman .. Nigeria doctors begin latest strike amid pandemic AFP Lagos Doctors in Nigeria’s largest city Lagos began a three-day warning strike on Monday over welfare and inadequate protective kits, but said medics handling coronavirus cases would not be involved. The .. Somalia’s army chief survives suicide bombing AFP Mogadishu Somalia’s army chief, General Odowa Yusuf Rage, on Monday survived a suicide bomb attack that was claimed by the Al-Shabaab jihadist group, military sources said. A civilian died and half a dozen other .. Detained Mali opposition figures freed Bamako All opposition figures who were detained in Mali after violent protests against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Friday have been released, their lawyers said on Monday. Alifa Habib Kone, one of the lawyers ..