Mandela’s daughter,Zindzi was coronavirus positive before death-Son
London, July 16, 2020 (AltAfrica)- Zindzi Mandela tested positive for the coronavirus on the day that she died.
State broadcaster SABC said on Monday Mandela, who has been serving as South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark since 2015, died in a hospital in Johannesburg on Sunday evening. No other details were given
Now, her son, Zondwa Mandela said in an interview with the SABC that she will be laid to rest on Friday at 7 o’clock in the morning.
He confirmed that she did test positive for the virus shortly before her death
“There’s been a complete and full autopsy done on her passing, but obviously, such reports take time to come out.
But there were other tests that were conducted and my mother did in fact test positive for COVID-19 on the day of her passing although this doesn’t, therefore, mean that she died of COVID-19 related complications, but simply that she tested positive for it.”
Pule Mabe, spokesman for the governing African National Congress, described her death as “untimely”.
“She still had a role to play in the transformation of our own society and a bigger role to play even in the African National Congress,” Mabe said, adding further details would be provided in due course.
Educated in South Africa and Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Zindzi Mandela spent many years involved in South Africa’s freedom struggle, and embraced roles in the arts, philanthropy and business.
She rose to international prominence when she read out her father’s rejection of then-President PW Botha’s offer for freedom in 1985.