Former South African president Nelson Mandela will not attend the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. His great-granddaughter, Zenani Mandela, has passed away in a car accident in the early hours of this morning. It would therefore be inappropriate for him to personally attend the 2010 FIFA World Cup™opening celebrations.
Zenani Mandela, 13, was travelling in a car returning from the World Cup Kick-Off Concert at Orlando Stadium when the accident occurred. She was the eldest child of Zoleka Seakamela and one of Mr Nelson Mandela’s nine great grand-children.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation is 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 family has asked for privacy as they mourn this tragedy.