Ndileka Mandela

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Ndileka Mandela (born c.1965) is a social activist, former ICU nurse,[1] and the head of a rural upliftment organisation the Thembekile Mandela Foundation[2] in South Africa.

She is the first born of Madiba "Thembi" Thembekile Mandela [1945-1969] (Nelson Mandela's first born) who died through car accident while his father was in prison; sister of Nandi Mandela (born 1968) and the eldest grandchild of Nelson Mandela.[3][4]

In 2017 Mandela became the first member of her family to reject the party of her grandfather, the African National Congress.[5]

In October 2017, as part of the #MeToo campaign to denounce sexual violence, Mandela disclosed for the first time that she had been raped by her then partner in her own bed, five years before.[6] She later said she had been following in her grandfather's footsteps, who had disclosed the HIV status of a family member, in order to combat stigma and call for concerted action against sexual violence.[7]

In response another grandchild of Nelson Mandela, Mandla Mandela, issued a statement praising his sister and calling on others to follow her example.[8]

In mid-2018, amid a debate on whether Nelson Mandela had been a "sell out",[9][10] Ndileka Mandela came out in defence of her grandfather's legacy.[11]


  1. ^ "Mandela's Last Years: In the bleak midwinter". News24. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  2. ^ author, Nation News. "All's not rosy, says Mandela's granddaughter". www.nationnews.com. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  3. ^ "Mandela grandchildren dispute ANC future". BBC News. 2017-03-19. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  4. ^ mads (2011-04-03). "Nelson Mandela Family Tree". South African History Online. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  5. ^ Graham, Stuart (2017-03-19). "Nelson Mandela's granddaughter turns back on his ANC party". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  6. ^ "Mandela's granddaughter says #MeToo: 'I was raped in my bedroom'". News24. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  7. ^ "Mandela's granddaughter reveals she was raped in her own bedroom". Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  8. ^ Reporter, Citizen. "Mandla Mandela praises sister Ndileka for breaking silence on rape ordeal". The Citizen. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  9. ^ "Ending the Mandela 'sell-out' debate". News24. 2018-07-17. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  10. ^ Friedman, Daniel. "Malema one of many who feel Mandela sold out to white interests". The Citizen. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  11. ^ Rahlaga, Masego. "Madiba's granddaughter hits back at detractors over sell-out claims". ewn.co.za. Retrieved 2019-01-07.