Presidency expresses condolences to the Mandela family

Presidential spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya, has extended the Presidency’s sincerest condolences to the Mandela family on the passing of their grandchild, author and activist, Zoleka Mandela.

“As the Presidency, we add our sincerest condolences to the sympathies expressed by many individuals and organisations at the passing of Ms Zoleka Mandela.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Ms Mandela, who has passed away at an age that has deprived all of us of benefiting from the full potential of her charismatic and creative commitment to a diversity of social causes and campaigns,” Magwenya said.

The Presidency wished the family well in their preparations for remembering and taking leave of Zoleka.

Zoleka Mandela, the granddaughter of anti-apartheid heroes Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, died on Monday evening after a prolonged battle with cancer.

The 43-year-old, who lost her long battle with cancer, passed away on the eve of her grandmother's birthday. The struggle stalwart would have turned 87 this year.

Western Cape floods

Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his sympathy to the people who have been affected by the recent floods in the Western Cape.

“The President would like to extend his sympathies to all the people who have been affected by the recent floods in the Western Cape. The President also expresses his condolences to those who have lost their loved ones during this disaster,” Magwenya said.

Magwenya said the President is grateful for the speedy response and hard work demonstrated by various disaster management teams, law enforcement agencies, NGOS and officials who have continued to work under testing conditions to ensure the safety of citizens.

Source: South African Government News Agency