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WATCH: Zoleka Mandela laid to rest

She passed away on Monday this week.

Author and activist, Zoleka Mandela, is being laid to rest today.

Zoleka lost her long battle with cancer on Monday evening at the age of 43.

She is the granddaughter of struggle stalwarts, Nelson and Winnie Mandela.

Her private funeral service is being held at the Bryanston Methodist Church and she will later be taken to the Fourways Memorial Park for burial.

Notable persons such as the Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF), leader Julius Malema and Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela are in attendance.

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Memorial Service

The memorial service was held yesterday at the Mandela family home in Soweto where family members, friends, and Government officials paid tribute to the prolific writer.

Zoleka’s final moments

A few days ago, on 17 September, Zoleka shared on Instagram that she had a CT scan which showed she had blood clots as well as Fibrosis in her lung.

She wrote: “This explains the chest pains I had been feeling. My Medical Oncologist has recommended blood thinners and Oral Chemo. On the upside, I’m incredibly grateful that I am still treatable!

“I’m off to bed … Good night … Good morning, beloved hearts! Love, the Oros Lady (I feel like my face just gets more round and puffy by the day!) Peace. Passion. Positivity. #TerminallyFree”

However, earlier this week, her family released a statement announcing her passing.

Recent scans revealed significant disease progression, including fibrosis in the lungs as well as several emboli.

“Zoleka passed away on the evening of 25 September, surrounded by friends and family. Our sincerest gratitude to the medical team that took care of her.”

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