South Africa is in mourning following the tragic passing of Zoleka Mandela, the granddaughter of the nation’s first democratically elected President, Nelson Mandela. Zoleka, an author and cancer warrior, passed away on the evening of 25th September.
The Mandela family confirmed her demise, revealing that Zoleka had been admitted to a hospital on 18th September for ongoing treatment related to metastatic cancer. This aggressive form of cancer had spread to multiple parts of her body, including her hip, liver, lung, pelvis, brain, and spinal cord. Recent medical scans indicated significant disease progression, including fibrosis in the lungs and several embolic.
Zoleka’s battle with cancer was public knowledge, as she frequently updated her fans and followers about her health journey. On 17th September, just days before her passing, she took to Instagram to share a health update. She revealed that CT scans had detected blood clots and fibrosis in her lung, which explained the chest pains she had been experiencing. Despite the challenges, Zoleka remained optimistic, expressing gratitude that her condition was still treatable.
Her journey with cancer began in 2022 when she disclosed her diagnosis with bone cancer. This revelation broke many hearts, especially when she discussed the potential impact on her six children. Throughout her battle, Zoleka remained an inspiration, sharing both the highs and lows of her journey with her followers.
Zoleka’s passing has elicited an outpouring of grief and condolences from fans, celebrities, and prominent figures in South Africa. Her resilience and determination in the face of adversity have left an indelible mark on many.
As the nation comes to terms with this loss, tributes continue to pour in, celebrating the life and legacy of a woman who faced life’s challenges head-on. Zoleka Mandela’s story serves as a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing every moment.