Mandela's granddaughters in D.C. tribute

By Drum Digital
31 December 2013

Two of Nelson Mandela’s granddaughters appeared at a basketball game in Washington D.C.

Two of Nelson Mandela’s granddaughters appeared at a basketball game in Washington D.C.

ABC reports that Swati and Zaziwe Mandela attended a special Mandela tribute ceremony in D.C.

“It’s hard for us to be here, but at the same time I know my grandfather would have wanted us to continue his legacy in some way,” says Swati Mandela.

“He dedicated his entire life to changing peoples’ lives and to giving back.”

Mandela died on Dec. 5 in South Africa. In order to carry on his legacy of helping others, his granddaughters presented both teams with a limited edition of Mandela Bangles, which are ornamental bracelets. Proceeds from the bracelets go toward education, raising awareness about inequality, poverty, and HIV and AIDS.

Mandela’s granddaughters hope that by being in Washington they are continuing his work and honoring someone they and so many around the world loved deeply.

“It’s difficult to talk about now,” says Zaziwe Mandela. “We miss him dearly. We know we’re strong. He left us in a good place. We miss him every single day.”

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