A frank memoir by the granddaughter of Nelson Mandela has revealed she was sexually abused as a child. Zoleka Mandela, 33, also writes about the grief she suffered after losing two children, as well as her battle with breast cancer.
Her 13-year-old daughter Zenani was killed in a car crash in June 2010.Two days after celebrating her 13th birthday, the great granddaughter of the former South African president died on her way home from the FIFA World Cup Kick Off Concert in Soweto.
Zoleka, who was 10 years old when Nelson Mandela walked free from prison, released her new book of memoirs, When Hope Whispers, today. The honest account also charts her decade-long battle with addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Zoleka'smother Zindzi Mandela grew up while her father was imprisoned on Robben Island and faced watching as her mother Winnie Madikizela Mandela was thrown into jail as well.
Zoleka's grandparents Nelson Mandela, centre, and his ex-wife Winnie, right, celebrating his 86th birthday with his current wife Graca Machel.
I can’t wait to read her book, would you?
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