Nelson Mandela’s last surviving sibling Makhulu Nothusile Bhulehluthi (nee Nokuthamba Mandela) has died, South Africa’s presidency has said.
According to the statement, the former South African President’s youngest sister out of his 31 siblings died Saturday night.
The announcement came some hours after the anti-apartheid icon left his native village of Qunu in Eastern Cape for Johannesburg.
Condolences are streaming in with a statement from current President Jacob Zuma’s office stating, “On behalf of myself, the people and government of South Africa, I would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to Madiba and the entire Mandela family at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in this time of sorrow.”
Mr Mandela was elected South African first black president in the country’s first all-race vote in 1994. He also won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
He only served one term before stepping down in 1999 and championed peaceful co-existence, dialogue and reconciliation during his reign.
Source: Africa Review