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Zindzi Mandela tested positive for Covid-19 the day she died

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Zindzi Mandela (pictured), the lastborn daughter of South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela and anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, tested positive for Covid-19 the day she died. The 59-year-old died in a Johannesburg hospital on Monday morning.

Her son, Zondwa Mandela in an interview with the SABC confirmed that Ms Mandela had tested positive for the virus shortly before her death. But the family is waiting for the autopsy report to ascertain the cause of her death.

“My mother did infact test positive for Covid-19 on the day of her passing, although this doesn’t mean that she died of Covid-19 related complications, but simply that she tested positive for it,” he said.

Zindzi Mandela was born on December 23, 1960. When she was only 18 months old, her father was arrested and convicted of treason. She first gained international prominence in 1985 when she made a rousing address in Soweto where she read her father’s rejection letter of an offer for conditional release from prison by the then South Africa President PW Botha.

The white minority government offered to release Nelson Mandela from prison if he denounced violence perpetrated by his movement, the Africa National Congress (ANC), against apartheid. She read his letter at a packed public meeting which was broadcasted around the world.

Zindzi was equally a prominent figure is South Africa’s post-apartheid democracy. She served as South Africa’s stand-in First Lady from 1996 to 1998 until her father remarried former Mozambique first lady Graça Machel. Upon her death, Ms Mandela was serving as South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark. She will be laid to rest on Friday.

by Standard.co.ke

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Man who allegedly stole from Zambian ambassador’s residence arraigned

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Police are holding a security guard who allegedly broke into Zambian ambassador’s official residence he was assigned guard duties in Lavington, Nairobi and stole household items.

Libasia Mbache of Lavington Security Services is detained at Kileleshwa police station. He was arrested at his hideout in Kibera.

Detective constable Kevin Kisasati of the directorate of criminal investigations Kilimani offices obtained orders to detain Mbache for five days pending investigations.

The embassy’s employee visited the residence where the former ambassador lived and found the house broken into and several items missing, and reported the same to the police.

In an affidavit filed at Kibera law courts, Kisasati said Mbache, who had been assigned to guard the premises, stole the items and disappeared to an unknown location.

Kisasati said the DCI has interrogated several people and recorded statements of witnesses.

He was applying for court orders to hold Mbache for three days to gather more information and recover the missing items as well as arrest his accomplices who are at large.

The detective said he needs the time to take Mbache’s fingerprints to the National Registration Bureau for identification and the DCI headquarters to determine his criminal records.

The suspect’s call data records will also be used to identify his accomplices.

Chief magistrate Joyce Gandani granted the orders.

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‘I love you plenty!’ Emmy Kosgei’s 62-year-old hubby showers her with love on 40th birthday

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Award-winning gospel artiste Emmy Kosgei has turned 40 years old.

The Taunet Nelel hitmaker is 22 years younger than her Nigerian pastor husband Anselm Madubuko.

The couple is so much in love and while celebrating her birthday, Emmy posted,

HELLO 40! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! WHAT SHALL I RENDER TO JEHOVAH!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Emmy Kosgei

The 62-year-old General Overseer of Revival Assembly Church penned a sweet message to his lifetime partner on her special day.

Happy birthday 🎂 🥳 🎉 my nubian Queen! I love u plenty! Keep increasing on all sides in Jesus love 💘

Emmy Kosgei

Check out birthday wishes from Emmy’s followers

terryannechebet Happiest Birthday my sister!!!! Welcome to the 4th floor!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

alicekamande 40 looks fab. Happy birthday Emmy , to many more blessed, fruitful years 🔥

joyceomondi Happy birthday beautiful!! ❤️

njeshqabbz Happy birthday @emmykosgei love the emerald green

mercymasikamuguro Happy birthday Madam Emmy💕

ladybee_254 Happy birthday siz🎂

annisiahgatwiri Happy Birthday Emmy n welcome to 4th floor

84123nk Happy birthday our sister may God bless every gift that he has purt in you and he continues to use you to do the work in Jesus name ❤️❤️

judietamira Happy Birthday jaber life begins at 40 be blessed

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Kenyan Netflix exec on producing during a pandemic and amplifying Africa’s creative potential

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Kenyan entertainment veteran and film producer Dorothy Ghettuba who is the head of Netflix’s African Original Programming has said she is keen on  amplifying Africa’s creative potential and producing during this pandemic.

Speaking to CNN in an exclusive interview, Ms. Ghettuba said even as the pandemic is throwing a lot of the plans off-kilter, she is finding good stories in Africa adding that this is the best time to find stories.

“What we are doing is we are betting forward. We haven’t slowed down. It’s been about me speaking to writers, looking at scripts, looking at stories and finding the best stories to tell out there,” she told CNN’s Eleni Giokos in a video interview.

Ms. Ghettuba also said she was happy that during this pandemic period there has been an uptick of  people streaming Netflix  to entertain them when they’re at home.

Asked how Netflix approaching content production during times of lockdown and a health crisis she said: I think this crisis has made everybody pause and now we really have to relook at how we produce. Productions take place in pretty intimate, high-touch environments with hundreds of artists, people and creators all together in close quarters. So for us in the short term, these practices will have to be changed.

Ms Ghettuba also said Africa as a continent did not necessarily need to export its talent as they can be great even here in the continent by producing the best shows and having them watched all over the world.

Watch the video interview here

 

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