Mandela grandkid tells of addictions

2013-11-10 10:10
Daughter Zenani Dlamini-Mandela and granddaughter Zoleka, right, arrive at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital. (Ben Curtis, AP)

Daughter Zenani Dlamini-Mandela and granddaughter Zoleka, right, arrive at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital. (Ben Curtis, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Zoleka is set to launch an explosive personal memoir on Monday that tells of her trials with drugs and sex addiction.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Zoleka said her book, entitled When Hope Whispers, is a brutally honest account of the demons she fought for years. She tells of how just days before her daughter, 13-year-old Zenani died in a car crash, she herself was recovering from a suicide attempt after setting her bedroom on fire.

Zenani was involved in a car accident on her way back from the World Cup concert that took place at Orlando Stadium on June 10 2010.

Zoleka, who has been to hell and back, is also a cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and initially rejected treatment. She has since had a mastectomy and undergone chemotherapy. She has one surviving child after losing a baby in 2011. The baby was born three months prematurely and died soon after birth from organ failure.

In 2011 Zoleka and her ex-boyfriend, 7de Laan actor Sekoati Tsubane came clean about their drug riddled pasts in an interview with Drum magazine.

Zoleka admitted that she struggled with drug abuse, but that she sought help with the support of her family.
Read more on:    nelson mandela

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
25 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.