A list written by Zoleka Mandela, the granddaughter of the late former president Nelson Mandela and anti-apartheid activist Winnie Mandela, has caused a stir on social media. Zoleka, who has been battling cancer for the past 11 years, recently opened up about preparing for her death. In her diary, she allegedly listed a number of people she did not want to attend her funeral.
One of the names on the list is Thiery Bashala, the father of her two children. Another name is Leeroy Andie Cana, the father of her last born, Zingce. Also listed are Zenani Mandela Snr, Mandla Mandela, Zukiswa Madikizela, Nsundu Madikizela, and Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.
Zoleka went on to reveal that she did not want Mandla Mandela and Buyelekhaya Dalinyebo to attend her funeral due to allegations of sexual abuse against them.
A Shockwave on Social Media
As news of Zoleka Mandela’s funeral list broke on social media, it sent shockwaves throughout the online community. People were astounded by the boldness of her decision and the names that appeared on the list. It sparked intense discussions and debates about family dynamics, forgiveness, and personal boundaries.
Many users expressed their support for Zoleka, applauding her for taking a stand and prioritizing her own well-being, even in death. They praised her for speaking out about the alleged abuse and refusing to have her funeral attended by those who had caused her pain.
Mixed Reactions and Controversy
However, Zoleka’s funeral list also generated controversy and divided opinions. Some people questioned the appropriateness of publicly sharing such personal information, arguing that it should have remained a private matter.
Others raised concerns about the potential impact on the relationships between Zoleka and the individuals mentioned on the list. They worried that the public nature of the list could further strain already delicate family dynamics and create irreparable rifts.
The Legacy of Zoleka Mandela
Zoleka Mandela, throughout her battle with cancer, has been an inspiration to many. Her openness about her struggles and her advocacy for cancer awareness have touched the lives of countless individuals.
Now, with her funeral list making headlines, Zoleka continues to challenge societal norms and provoke important conversations. Her story serves as a reminder of the complexities and nuances within family relationships and the importance of setting boundaries, even in the most challenging circumstances.
A Final Farewell
Zoleka Mandela sadly passed away on Monday, 25 September. Her funeral took place at the Bryanston Methodist Church in Johannesburg on Friday, 29 September. As the world bids farewell to this remarkable woman, the impact of her actions and her legacy will continue to resonate for years to come.
Zoleka Mandela supposedly wrote that “Mandla Mandela”, “Buyelekhaya Dalinyebo”, and “Mike Seakamela” “sexually abused” her. 👀 pic.twitter.com/DQQ24mW9pP
— Abednego (@abednego82) September 29, 2023