Mandela kin killed after World Cup concert

June 11, 2010 12:00 am

, JOHANNESBURG, Jun 11 – Nelson Mandela\’s 13-year-old great granddaughter was killed in a car crash early on Friday after South Africa\’s World Cup concert, his office said.

"Zenani Mandela, 13, was travelling in a car returning from the World Cup kick-off concert at Orlando Stadium when the accident occurred. There was only one car involved and no one else was injured," The Mandela Foundation said in a statement.

However, police said that Mandela\’s former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was also travelling in the car and had been taken to hospital after the accident near the Johannesburg city centre.

Police spokeswoman Colonel Noxolo Kweza said she could not confirm if Winnie Mandela was injured, but said she was taken to hospital, according to the Sapa news agency.

Zenani was the granddaughter of Zindzi Mandela, daughter of South Africa\’s first black president.

"Zenani, who celebrated her 13th birthday on June 9, was the eldest child of Zoleka Seakamela and one of Mr Nelson Mandela’s nine great grand-children," it said.

"The family has asked for privacy as they mourn this tragedy."


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