Zoleka Mandela health update: ‘I have blood clots, fibrosis in my lung’

Activist and Nelson Mandela's granddaughter, Zoleka Mandela, has given her followers an update on her cancer battle.

Zoleka Mandela health update: ‘I have blood clots, fibrosis in my lung’

Author and activist Zoleka Mandela has been documenting her cancer treatment journey on social media and recently shared that her CT scan revealed she has blood clots and fibrosis in her lung.


In an Instagram post, the When Hope Whispers author shared a video of herself wearing her signature smile and captioned it:

“17.09.2023 – I had a CT Scan administered a few weeks back, which have shown that I have blood clots as well as Fibrosis in my lung. This explains the chest pains I had been feeling.

“My Medical Oncologist has recommended blood thinners and Oral Chemo. On the upside, I’m incredibly grateful that I am still treatable! I’m off to bed … Good night … Good morning, beloved hearts! Love, the Oros Lady (I feel like my face just gets more rotund and puffy by the day!) Peace. Passion. Positivity.”

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Zoleka, who is the granddaughter of late South African former president, Nelson Mandela, and ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela Mandela – revealed in August last year that she has been diagnosed with cancer in her lungs, liver, ribs, spinal cord and hips. She was previously diagnosed with and beat breast cancer twice.

In April, the mom-of-six revealed that she was at her stage in her life where she is planning for her last days on earth and beyond.

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Speaking to Phemelo Motene on Kaya FM‘s Point of View, Zoleka shared how she is preparing for her death.

“It will probably sound strange but, I think I am blessed or fortunate enough to be in a position where I am in my planning stages. I am having conversations with my loved ones, lawyer, therapist and siblings to discuss what happens on the day and after I pass away.

“I’m learning to be OK with my eventuality. I’m learning to live despite an expected death. I’m also just continuously evaluating many facets of my life. I think that’s empowering for me. I’m put in a place where I actually have a say, especially with regard to my children.”