Zoleka Mandela, the granddaughter of South Africa’s revered anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela, left behind a poignant list of individuals who were not permitted at her funeral before her untimely passing at 43 due to cancer.
Zoleka’s family announced her tragic demise on Tuesday, revealing that she had lost her battle with cancer. She outlined the individuals she wished to exclude from her final farewell in a deeply personal list.
Among those included in Zoleka’s list was her ex-husband and the father of two of her children, Thierry Bashala, who had publicly mourned her on Instagram following her passing.
Furthermore, Zoleka disclosed that certain relatives, marked with a dot (.) beside their names, were individuals who had sexually abused her. She was resolute in her decision to prevent them from being near her body in death.
Zoleka even contemplated adding her sisters, father, and stepmother to this list of restricted attendees.
Zoleka’s battle with cancer was a recurring theme in her life. She had faced the disease and triumphed over it twice, initially receiving treatment for breast cancer in 2011 and subsequently overcoming a recurrence in 2016. Tragically, in August 2022, she revealed that she had been diagnosed with bone metastasis, a complication of earlier cancer battles.
Throughout her journey, Zoleka openly shared her experiences via her Instagram account, documenting how the cancer had metastasized to her bones and liver.
Her passing earlier this week left behind four children, although she had initially been a mother of six, having tragically lost two children.
Zoleka Mandela’s life was marked by resilience and strength in the face of tremendous adversity, making her a symbol of courage for many.
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