The Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, has expressed her deepest condolences to the Mandela family on the passing of Zoleka Mandela.
Zoleka was the granddaughter of the first South African democratically elected President, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela; and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who are both late.
Zoleka, who was 43, sadly passed away on the eve of her grandmother’s birthday which coincided with the renaming of William Nicol Drive to Winnie Mandela Drive – in Sandton, on 26 September 2023.
Premier Dube-Ncube said Zoleka was a brave and outspoken advocate for cancer awareness. She said that Zoleka's story and her fight against cancer inspired many people to seek help and support those who are affected by cancer, and that her legacy will live on in the work that continues to be done to raise awareness on cancer.
“Zoleka Mandela was a fighter: at a young age she fought abuse and later in life she fought cancer, and in her battle with cancer she became an inspiration to many people. Zoleka was a loving mother to her children, and she will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
"On behalf of the people of KwaZulu-Natal, I extend my sincere condolences to the Mandela family on the passing of their beloved daughter and granddaughter, Zoleka," the Premier said. "Zoleka was a true inspiration to us all, and her legacy will live on in the work that continues to be done to improve the lives of cancer patients in South Africa."
The Premier also urged people who are battling cancer to seek help at an early stage so that it is detected and attended to. Premier Dube-Ncube said that there are many resources available to help people get the support they need, and that there is no shame in asking for help.
"If you are struggling with cancer, please know that you are not alone," the Premier said. "There are many people who care about you and want to help. Please reach out to a trusted friend or family member, or contact health professionals."
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