Zenani Mandela was killed after leaving Thursdays World Cup concert in Soweto headlined by Shakira and the Black Eyed Peas.R.I.P.
Johannesburg police spokeswoman Edna Mamonyane said the driver of the car involved in the one-car accident, a male, had been arrested and charged with drink-driving. Mamonyane said the driver, who police would not name, could also face culpable homicide charges.
“The Metro police found that he was drunk,” Mamonyane said. “He lost control of the vehicle and it collided with a barricade.”
“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,” President Jacob Zuma said in a message of condolence to Mandela.
Mandela had been expected to make a brief appearance at the World Cup opening ceremony Friday, depending on his health and the weather. But after announcing the death of his great-granddaughter, his foundation said he would not be going to the stadium.
“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,” a spokesperson for the Nelson Mandela foundation said. Mandela “will be there with you in spirit today.”