‘If I had just one more day with you, I’d love you better’- Zoleka Mandela pays tribute to late mother, Zindzi

14 September 2020 - 12:00 By chrizelda kekana
Zoleka Mandela wrote a touching post for her mother.
Zoleka Mandela wrote a touching post for her mother.
Image: Instagram/Zoleka Mandela

After a two-month social media sabbatical Zoleka Mandela has broken her silence on the death of her mother Zindzi Mandela, opening up about the grieving process.

Zindzi died at a Johannesburg hospital on July 13. The cause of death has not been disclosed, even though her family confirmed that she tested positive for Covid-19.

Her daughter Zoleka, who has previously opened up about her turbulent relationship with Zindzi in her memoir When Hope Whispers, took to Instagram to share that the last time she spoke to her mother was 11 months ago.

Zoleka revealed that she had gone nine months without talking to her mother before she died and went on to imply that she regretted that decision deeply.

13.09.2020. It’s been 11 months since we last spoke, 2 months since your passing. If I just had one more day with you, this time, I’d love you better,” she said in her caption.

Playing to the soft harmony of US singer-songwriter Dobie Gray's Loving Arms, pictures of moments gone by between Zoleka and Zindzi played over a two-and-a-half minute photo slide show.

On Twitter, Zoleka posted snaps of her with Zindzi and her grandmother Winnie, added that “heaven must be beautiful right now ...”

Friends, including Pearl Thusi and Criselda Kananda, and fans took to the comments sections of her post to spread love and light. 

“Wow babe. As a country we were so preoccupied that we couldn’t really take a moment to celebrate her life and mourn with you properly. Uxolo. Dudu,” Pearl said.

“Oh God, why are people peeling onion everywhere. I’m bawling uncontrollably, please know that you are never alone,” Criselda said with broken heart emojis.

“Sis, I know no greater pain. I’m with you in spirit. I love you and I’m here for you,” Lerato “Zah” Moloi, who recently lost her mother to cancer, added.