Zenani Mandela, the Great Granddaughter of Nelson Mandela was tragically killed in a car crash coming back from a World Cup Tournament-eve concert in Soweto, Africa.
What should have been a day of soccer and praise as everyone cheers for their favorite team in Africa’s first ever World Cup Tournament, turned into a day of mourning.-Especially since the former president did not attend the opening ceremony.
“We are sure that South Africans and people all over the world will stand in solidarity with Mr. Mandela and his family in the aftermath of this tragedy,” the Nelson Mandela foundation said, adding that Mandela “will be there with you in spirit today.”
Johannesburg Metro police spokeswoman, Edna Mamonyane, said that the accident was caused by a drunk driver. The drunk driver, whom police did not identify was arrested and charged, with a possibility of facing homicide charges as well.
Though the World Cup began with mourning, the South African National team still opened up the tournament against highly touted Mexico. The game finished in a 1-1 tie, with moments of silence and recognition given to Zenani and the Mandela family throughout.
The irony, the bloodshed and of course the hope of South Africa live on…