The Mandela family has confirmed the death of author and activist, Zoleka Mandela

Written by on 26 September, 2023

Author and activist, Zoleka Mandela, granddaughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, has died. After battling cancer for the second time, and taking her followers with her on the journey, the author died on Monday, 25 September.

“Zoleka passed away surrounded by friends and family. Our sincere gratitude to the medical team that took care of her.” says her family.

She was admitted to hospital on Monday 18 September for ongoing treatment for metastatic cancer on the hip, liver, lung, pelvis, brain and spinal cord.

Recent scans revealed that the cancer had spread, her family says in the statement. She had fibrosis in the lungs as well as several embroil.


Her post reads:

17.09.2023 – I had a CT Scan administered a few weeks back, which have shown that I have blood clots as well as Fibrosis in my lung. This explains the chest pains I had been feeling. My Medical Oncologist has recommended blood thinners and Oral Chemo. On the upside, I’m incredibly grateful that I am still treatable! 🙏🏾 I’m off to bed … Good night … Good morning, beloved hearts! 💋 Love, the Oros Lady (I feel like my face just gets more rotund and puffy by the day!) 🤣 Peace. Passion. Positivity. ❤️ #TerminallyFree #ZolekaMandelaVideos

Zoleka was a proud mother of six who detailed her journey with cancer under #terminallyfree. She was former president Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela’s grandchild.

During her last post, the day before her hospitalization, she mentioned the blood clots and fibrosis and said she was “incredibly grateful that I’m still treatable”.

“Peace. Passion. Positivity.”


Although these are shocking news for many, especially for her social media fans, here are some heartfelt condolences. 

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:7 Rest in Peace Zoleka Mandela

Oh, ntombi, lala ngoxolo 🕊. I’m gutted because we’ve watched you fight to live and live for your kids. You have fought a good fight & kept the faith. You’re resting in Gods embrace now. Free from pain & worry. May God honor u by taking care of your children. ♥️🙏🏾 Zoleka Mandela.

Rest in peace Zoleka Mandela has passed on.
Oh man this is sad💔💔💔💔🕊🕊🕊🕊🕯🕯🕯.

Sincere condolences to her children, fakily and friends.

I’m so saddened by the death of Zoleka Mandela. I followed her story here and there, what a strong woman. She fought a good fight till the end. Rest in power Queen 🥺



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