In Loving Memory of Zenani Mandela
Bad news for the Mandela clan. The 13-year-old great-granddaughter of South African living legend Nelson Mandela, was killed in a car crash on the way home from a concert in Soweto on the eve of the World Cup.
Zenani Mandela died in the one-car accident after attending the World Cup kickoff concert at the Orlando Stadium.
Police have charged the unidentified driver with drunken driving, and he could face homicide charges later. He lost control and crashed into a barricade.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation said Mandela would not attend today’s World Cup opening ceremony and game in Johannesburg, dashing South Africans’ hopes the frail 91-year-old former president would make a rare appearance.
Mandela and his family were “torn up” by the accident, the foundation said. It denied reports that the former president’s ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, was in the car.