Baby daughter for Zoleka Mandela

2014-04-03 14:48

Zoleka Mandela (33) and her partner Thierry Bashala were “delighted to announce” the birth of their daughter, Zanyiwe Zenziwe Bashala, a spokesperson said today.

The little girl was born at 11.20am today at Joburg’s Park Lane Clinic.

“We thank you for your unforgettable support and endless love throughout our miraculous pregnancy that has inevitably brought us to this most memorable day,” the couple said in their brief statement.

A family source said that Mandela’s grandmother, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, was present at the birth.

Bashala is a businessman.

Mandela has lost two children: her daughter Zenani was killed in a car crash on the eve of the 2010 Soccer World Cup, and her son Zenawe was born three months prematurely and lived for just two days.

She has also battled and beaten breast cancer, and late last year released an autobiography, When Hope Whispers, in which she discussed these tragedies and her decade-long battle with addiction.

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