We are hugely saddened to hear the tragic news of Nelson Mandela’s great-grandchild being killed in a car accident last night, as she returned home from the FIFA World Cup Concert. We pass on our condolences to Mr Mandela, Winnie Mandela and the entire family.

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A photo of Zenani at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in 2009. Credit: Nelson Mandela Foundation
It has been reported that nobody else in the vehicle was injured. The driver has been arrested. He was apparently drunk and hit a barricade.

Here is a statement from The Nelson Mandela Foundation:


A grand-daughter of Zindzi Mandela has passed away in a car accident in the early hours of this morning.

Zenani Mandela, 13, was travelling in a car returning from the World Cup Kick-Off Concert at Orlando Stadium when the accident occurred. There was only one car involved and no one else was injured.

Zenani, who celebrated her 13th birthday on 9 June, was the eldest child of Zoleka Seakamela and one of Mr Nelson Mandela’s nine great grand-children.

The family has asked for privacy as they mourn this tragedy.