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Title: Mandela's great-grandchild killed in car crash after World Cup concert
Post by: Engr. Osagie on June 11, 2010, 09:57:00 AM
Mandela's great-grandchild killed in car crash after World Cup concert
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A great-grandchild of former South African President Nelson Mandela died early Friday morning while returning from the World Cup soccer tournament's kick-off concert, officials with the Mandela foundation said.

Zenani Mandela, 13, was in a car returning from the show at Orlando Stadium when the crash occurred, said a spokesman for the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

No other vehicle was involved in the wreck, the foundation said.

The driver was arrested for culpable homicide and drunk driving, police told CNN.

Zenani turned 13 on Wednesday. She was one of Mandela's nine great-grandchildren.

The former South African president had been expected to attend Friday's World Cup kickoff, his grandson Nkosi Mandela confirmed on Tuesday.

It is not known whether the death of his great-granddaughter will alter those plans.

Mandela, who is 91, played a key role in bringing the World Cup to South Africa but has made limited public appearances recently, although he did meet the South Africa squad last week.