Somizi's heartfelt tribute to Zoleka Mandela after cancer battle will give you all the feels

By Shanaaz Prince
01 March 2017

Well said, Somizi!

After a year-long cancer battle and a double mastectomy Zoleka Mandela was declared cancer-free in 2013. But last year the author and mom of two (36) got the devastating news. The cancer was back, and she would need another round of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Now Zoleke, who is mom to son Zwelami (13) and daughter Zanyiwe (2), keeping positive with nearly daily updates Instagram, where she shares candid posts about her treatment and progress with her 80 000 followers. Just yesterday the When Hope Whispers author took to the social media platform with a touching video of herself ringing a bell at the oncology department at her hospital after completing her 30 and final course of radiation treatment.

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She received overwhelming support from her following and a special tribute by radio and TV personality, Somizi Mhlongo, who took to his Instagram today to show some honour to the brave Zoleka, calling her his “hero” and Woman Crush Wednesday. “U have just given life to someone out there who was just about to give up. Thank u.” reads the post.

Here’s to wishing Zoleka all the best in the rest of this journey! Keep on keeping on!

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