The death of Nelson Mandela's great granddaughter
June 10th 2010 saw a South African pop concert televised around the World, to mark the start of World Cup football 2010. It included headline artists such as The Black Eyed Peas and I had watched some of it on the BBC, in the UK. South Africa has endured such a painful history that it is good to see this fine country finally, not only participating in such an event, but actually hosting it. Local people were, and are, excited at the prospect.
So today 11th June 2010 the opening ceremony of the World Cup has been shown around the world. It looks set to be a World Cup to remember but has already been marred by sadness.
British TV have reported that Zenani, great granddaughter of Nelson Mandela was killed yesterday when the car in which she was travelling crashed. Last evening Zenani, along with thousands of other people enjoyed the music at the concert. The audience joined in with the singing and it appears to have been a very successful event.
South African roads are notoriously bad and only a couple of days ago a coach carrying British school children crashed killing 3 children. It would seem that despite South Africa's best efforts there is always something needing attention. In order to attract more visitors and tourists travel problems must be addressed.
The accident in which Zenani was killed was a one car accident. It has reported that the driver of the car involved has been arrested and charged with drink-driving. The driver could also face culpable homicide charges, but apparently this is often the case in South Africa. He will appear in the magistrates court shortly. Zenani was the only passenger to be killed. The police have stated that the driver was drunk and that he lost control of the vehicle.The vehicle then collided with a barricade
For now Nelson Mandela has been left mourning this young girl who was only thirteen on 9th June 2010. Mr Mandela is now a rather frail 92 year old. Watching him on TV the other day though I was struck by how vital this man still seems. He may be frail but he still retains a feistiness and heroic appearance.
There can be few people who do not know at least a little of Mandela's history but for those who do not:
Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in jail for his political beliefs. Of course there is much more to his story which has been widely covered on Hubpages. During his time in prison his now ex wife, Winnie Mandela, stood by him and kept up the struggle for freedom. Without the Mandela's South Africa would have been a sorry place.
Obviously this loss has hit both Winnie and Nelson, plus other family members, hard. The family have asked for the press to give them time to mourn and have some privacy. These wishes should be respected.
It had been hoped that, despite his age, Nelson Mandela would attend the World Cup 2010 opening ceremony. Sadly, but understandably, he has now decided not to. As the family grieve it is yet another reminder of how cruel life can be. As South Africa enjoy the privilege of hosting the World Cup football competition for 2010 the father of South Africa will be missing.
The world's thought must go out to this inspiring family who now have more grief to face.
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