Nelson Mandela’s great-grandaughter killed in car crash after World Cup concert

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Zenani in 1997 being held by Winnie Mandela.
Zenani in 1997 being cuddled by Winnie Mandela.

Nelson Mandela’s 13-year-old great-granddaughter has been killed in a car crash while  returning from  South Africa’s World Cup concert in Soweto

“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.

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

Zindzi Mandela made history when she read out a speech by Mr Mandela to a football stadium in Soweto refusing his conditional pardon in 1985.

The car Zenani was travelling in crashed in Johannesburg, the Foundation said in a statement. No other details on the crash were immediately available.

“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,” a statement from the Foundation said.

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

Mr Mandela turns 92 next month. He is due to make a brief appearance at the World Cup opening ceremony later today.

The driver of the car is said to have been arrested due to be charged for manslaughter.