Zindzi was a firebrand – Motaung

“Zindzi was a firebrand, resolute and courageous,” reacts the Chairman Kaizer Motaung following the passing of Zindzi Mandela. “She played a crucial role in the liberation struggle in South Africa. Zindzi’s name is cast in stone in the history books of our country. The Mandela family has lost a beautiful soul. Her loss cuts deep and she will be sorely missed by all of us.”

Zindzi Mandela died on Monday, 13th July in Johannesburg. She held the position South Africa’s Ambassador to Denmark at the time of her passing.

“Her name and struggle are parallel in many ways,” adds Motaung. “This is someone who was born during the struggle. “Look at it this way. She was only 18 months old when Madiba was sentenced to life imprisonment for what the Apartheid Government called Treason Trial. Remarkably still at the tender age of 17, she went to live with Winnie when she was banished to Brandfort in the then Orange Free State. This is extraordinary and tells the story of the kind of person she was … born to fight.”

Zindzi is the daughter of the iconic Nelson Mandela and struggle heroine Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

“The Nation will not forget 1985 when she took to the podium at the Jabulani Stadium in Soweto to read out her father, Nelson Mandela’s rejection of PW Botha’s offer of conditional release,” recounts Motaung. “She was a brave woman and strong in character. Death be not proud. She fought a good fight and completed a good race.”

Zindzi’s passing coincides with the current affairs that speak to the core of what she stood against, RACISM.

“She was a freedom fighter and would have contributed to the discourse,” says Motaung. “She was militant and always confronted issues head-on. We can only draw inspiration from her legacy for us to continue confronting the questions of abuse that permeate the society. She may be gone but will never be forgotten. Her spirit will live on forever.”

“I have come across Zindzi in many ways,” remembers Motaung. “Remarkably in private she came across as humble and very friendly. She was collaborative in nature and was kind every time we engaged her family. Even during the times when as the Club we paid homage during her family bereavements, she remained strong under the circumstances.”

On behalf of my family and Kaizer Chiefs I wish to express my deepest heartfelt condolences to the Mandela family and relatives, to the South African Government and the African National Congress.

Thank you for your contribution Zindziswa Mandela.

Lala ngoxolo MaDlomo, Yem yem, Velabambhentsele, Sopitsho, Ngqolomsila, Madiba!