Makgatho Mandela

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Makgatho Mandela
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Born 26 June 1950
South Africa
Died 6 January 2005(2005-01-06) (aged 54)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Children Mandla Mandela
Parent(s) Nelson Mandela
Evelyn Mase
Relatives Makaziwe Mandela (sister)

Makgatho Lewanika Mandela (26 June 1950 – 6 January 2005) was the son of Nelson Mandela and his first wife Evelyn Mase. He was an attorney, widowed with four sons. He died of AIDS on 6 January 2005 in Johannesburg.[1]

His second wife Zondi died on 13 July 2003 at age 46. At first, her cause of death was given as pneumonia; after Makgatho's death, their son Mandla later announced that her pneumonia had been a complication of AIDS.[2]

When Nelson Mandela announced the cause of his son's death, he said: "Let us give publicity to HIV/AIDS and not hide it, because the only way to make it appear like a normal illness like tuberculosis, like cancer, is always to come out and say somebody has died because of HIV/AIDS, and people will stop regarding it as something extraordinary."[3]

Makgatho Mandela is sometimes wrongly referred to as the older son of Nelson Mandela, but his brother Madiba Thembekile Mandela (Thembi) was born in 1945. Thembi was killed in a motorcycle crash in 1969.[4][5]


  1. ^ Timberg, Craig (7 January 2005). "Mandela Says AIDS Led to Death of Son". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 25 February 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Beresford, David (16 January 2006). "Mandela family united by grief and fight against Aids". The Observer. Retrieved 23 April 2007. 
  3. ^ Wines, Michael (6 January 2005). "Breaking Taboo, Mandela Reveals Son Died of AIDS". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "Genealogy". Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. Nelson Mandela Foundation. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Honouring Thembekile Mandela". Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. Nelson Mandela Foundation. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 

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