Nelson Mandela's Great Granddaughter Killed After World Cup Concert
Posted on Fri Jun 11, 2010 08:24 AM PDT

mandela200.jpgJOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Nelson Mandela is mourning the loss of his 13-year-old great-granddaughter Zenani who was killed in a car crash after attending a World Cup concert.

The teenager had been attending the event in Soweto.

South African president Jacob Zuma released the following statement:

    "The nation shares your loss and mourns with you, especially on the day on which our dreams and hopes come alive in the opening of the first FIFA World Cup on African soil."

Mandela has canceled a planned appearance at the World Cup opening ceremony.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation released this statement: "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. Mandela "will be there with you in spirit today."

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