Zoleka Mandela hailed for her undying fighting spirit

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The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) says Zoleka Mandela displayed true leadership through her life.

The Youth League joins other South Africans who have paid tribute after the 43-year-old lost her battle with cancer last night.

The league says it is thankful by how Mandela naturally assumed the role of being a cancer activist, as used every day of her life to raise awareness on cancer.

The author and activist is well known for her bravery and passion for educating South Africans to follow their dreams despite life’s challenges.

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age of 32. She was treated and was in remission, but the illness later returned.

She is survived by four children after having lost two others. Her 13-year-old daughter passed away after a car accident in 2010 while her son died in 2011, days after his birth.

The ANCYL’s National Spokesperson, Zama Khanyase, says Mandela lived a full life.


The 43-year-old lost her battle with cancer on the eve of her grandmother, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s 87th birthday.

Social media users have praised Zoleka for her zeal and fighting spirit, which they say inspired others to keep fighting despite adversities.

Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Morongwa Phukubye says Zoleka will always be remembered for the impact she had on the people who met her.


During one of her last interviews with our sister channel, eNCA, she spoke candidly about how her battle with cancer always reminded her that we are living on borrowed time.


Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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