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)

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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.
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