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Mandela relative killed after World Cup concert

Dancers perform at 2010 World Cup the opening ceremony. PHOTO by Joe Toth / isiphotos.com

Dancers perform at 2010 World Cup the opening ceremony. PHOTO by Joe Toth / isiphotos.com

South Africa’s beloved anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela stayed at home with his family Friday in northern Johannesburg during the opening ceremony and game, mourning his 13-year-old great-granddaughter Zenani, who died in a car crash on the way home from a tournament-eve concert in Soweto.

 

The Nelson Mandela Foundation said the tragedy “made it inappropriate” for the former president, who is 91, to attend the opening ceremony in Johannesburg.

“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 foundation said, adding that Mandela “will be there with you in spirit today.”

Johannesburg Metro police spokeswoman Edna Mamonyane said the driver of the car had been arrested and charged with drunk driving. Mamonyane said the driver, whom police didn’t identify, could also face homicide charges.

“The Metro police found that he was drunk,” Mamonyane said. “He lost control of the vehicle and it collided with a barricade.” READ  full story by DONNA BRYSON, Associated Press

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