Cancer warrior Zoleka Mandela’s funeral details

According to SA FM, the When Hope Whispers writer – who has been discribed as courageous – will be laid to rest at the Fourways Memorial Park in Johannesburg on Friday, 29 September.

The family said that this is also where her daughter Zenani Mandela, her grandmother Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and mother Zindzi Mandela were buried in 2010, 2018 and 2020, respectively.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Mandela family revealed that last week Zoleka was admitted into hospital for ongoing treatment for metastatic cancer to the hip, liver, lung, pelvis, brain and spinal cord.

The family said that recent scans revealed significant disease progression, including fibrosis in the lungs as well as several emboli.

“Zoleka passed away on the evening of Monday, September 25th. surrounded by friends and family. Our sincerest gratitude to the medical team that took care of her,” read the statement.

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Zoleka – who is the granddaughter of late South African former president, Nelson Mandela, and ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela Mandela – leaves behind four children; her only son Zwelami (born in 2003), her daughters Zanyiwe (born in 2014), Zenzile (born in 2019) and Zingce Zobuhle Mandela (born in 2022).