News, notes and follow-ups

« Previous Post | Afterword Home | Next Post »

Zenani Mandela, 13: A famous family says farewell


Times staff writer Robyn Dixon writes of a "simple tragedy" that touched South Africa's most famous family:

At her funeral, her mother wished she'd given the girl more hugs and more kisses. Her grandfather said she was an "old soul" who understood the world better than most adults. Her father extolled her musical abilities. Her uncles said she was mischievous, charming and sometimes irritating.

And in the front pew at the funeral sat an old man who rarely ventures into public these days: Nelson Mandela saying farewell to 13-year-old Zenani Mandela, one of his nine great-grandchildren.

Zenani had attended a kick-off concert on the eve of the World Cup and was killed in a car accident on the way home. The driver, a family friend, has been arrested and may be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, according to South African news reports.

Click on the hyperlink above to read the rest of the story.

-- Valerie J. Nelson

Photo: Nelson Mandela, 91, arrives for his great-granddaughter's funeral, which was held at a chapel at her school north of Johannesburg in South Africa. Credit: Themba Hadebe / Pool Photo

Post a comment
If you are under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate.
Here are the full legal terms you agree to by using this comment form.

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until they've been approved.

If you have a TypeKey or TypePad account, please Sign In

Comments (1)

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Another drunk driver.


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...

Profiles of military personnel killed in Iraq
and Afghanistan.


Lives in Pictures »

Search Paid Obituaries »

First Name
Last Name
Powered by ©

Yesterday's Obituaries