- On July 13, South Africans woke up to heartbreaking news that Zindzi Mandela passed away
- However, the date of her death is the exact same of her step-brother, Thembekile “Thembi” Mandela
- Thembi died on 13 July, 1969, as a result on injuries sustained in a fatal car accident
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On this day in history, 51 years ago, Thembekile "Thembi" Mandela died in a car accident. Thembi was the son of late former president Nelson Mandela and his wife, Evelyn Mase.
Madiba was serving a life sentence at Robben Island at the time of his son's death and he was not allowed to attend Thembi's funeral.
According to South African History Online, authorities of the previous regime even denied Mandela details surrounding his son's accident.
The website reported Mandela was filled with anguish over not being allowed to attend the funeral or know what exactly happened to his son.
Thembekile 'Thembi' Mandela was the son of Nelson Mandela and Evelyn Mase. He passed away on 13 July, 1969. Photo credit: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela/Facebook.
Life does have strange coincidences. On the exact same date, 51 years apart, another one of Mandela's children passed away.
Thembekile died on the exact same date as his step-sister, Zindzi Mandela.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Zindziswa 'Zindzi' Mandela had passed away at the age of 59, according to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
The daughter of struggle veterans Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela had served as an SA ambassador to Denmark.
ANC spokesperson, Pule Mabe, said Zindzi would always be remembered for her speech to a mass gathering in Soweto in 1985 - where she read a letter written by her father - refusing an offer by then President PW Botha to release him.
Mandela leaves behind four children and her husband. Zindzi was a political activist and helped fight the oppressive apartheid regime.
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In other news, Jacinda Ardern's first term in office as prime minister of New Zealand has been characterised with some challenges including a major terrorist attack, a deadly volcanic eruption and a pandemic.
Prime Minister Adern is the first prime minister to have dealt with such challenges.
She faced all these challenges while nursing a baby as the politician gave birth to her first child in 2018.
Prime Minister Adern, who assumed office in 2017, is serving as the 40th prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party.
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