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Zindzi marks 50th birthday in style

By Kuli Roberts | Jan 17, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 484 ]

CELEBRATING her 50th birthday in grand style, Zindzi Mandela paid tribute to the two people whom she was most grateful for - her parents Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela for turning her into the woman she is.

At a lavishly sponsored party that drew the cream of South Africa's political and social elites to Randlords nightclub in downtown Johannesburg on Saturday night, Zindzi said she "would never have made it without the support of her parents".

Madikizela-Mandela painted a relaxed and smiling picture in her turquoise satin frock.

She, along with more than 250 guests, applauded the birthday girl when she made the heart-warming speech.

Madiba, rumoured to be suffering from ill-health, did not attend the party, but made sure his presence was felt with an exquisite gift - a brand new silver Mercedes-Benz.

Described by guests as "amazing and awesome", the party - that started at 7pm and continued well until after 3am - did not fall short of any glitz and glamour.

Apart from glowing speeches by Zindzi - kitted out in a red David Tlale evening dress - and her son Bombatha and several other well-wishers, the undoubted highlight of the evening was when American actor Morris Chestnut wheeled out a two-tier birthday cake.

Bongani Fassie and Zindzi's son - who had written a song specially for his mom - then serenaded Zindzi as she blew out the candles on the birthday cake.

Zindzi's tears seemed ready to flow as her other son Zondwa said:

"If this was an orchestra, you would have been the conductor of the most beautiful symphony.

"If this was a beauty pageant, you would have been the queen of the universe."

But after the formalities, it was time to party with the menu consisting of African cuisine and entertainment provided by, among others, the Bala brothers.

Guests included Justice Minister Jeff Radebe and his wife Bridgette Motsepe, former politician Alan Boesak and his wife Elna.

The most noticeable absentee from the party was Zindzi's older sister Zenani.

US stars Morgan Freeman and John Legend sent congratulatory video messages to Zindzi.

COMMENTS [ 484 ]


pLZ peeps, js comment on the topic and stop chatting to each other, niyabora yaz...we SA youth need to hear d views that are constructiVE and give hope to those who have lost it..Nw plz my butyful peeps stop being irrelevant and abusing the opportunity ur givin. PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan 17, 2011 2:57 | 0 replies

do you think i am afraid to call you names sisi look here you have the wrong person to try to put her on the wright place. no1 i dont remember saying your name today or yesterday even on friday so le wena do the same for me and stop bullshiting about me. leave me the hell alone as i am doing that

Jan 17, 2011 3:5 | 0 replies


mamela here wena.I've tolerated you enough.I dont hate you,coz i dont even know you,mara your comments at times are so irritating.I always try to ignore you but wena and your toyboy Swaziboy always call us names.Why?????Leave me alone and I will do the same uyaningizwa.Its a pity I cant swear like you.

Jan 17, 2011 3:5 | 0 replies

no! Qalo im a good Samaritan : im not here to fight!

Jan 17, 2011 3:5 | 0 replies

Ho nkga nywana. Nxa!

Jan 17, 2011 3:6 | 0 replies

@gigolo, sorry dear you know when a man is inside @clivage's clivage is not easy to get out more especially given this type of weather. But I guess I am fine & I see that your secret admirer is back!!!

Jan 17, 2011 3:7 | 0 replies


Today u r disappointing me. when Spekepeke keeps quite u also keep quite, when He talks crap u also talk crap..are u perhaps have a crush on this guy

Spekepeke if u listening please come back joe...I miss you

Jan 17, 2011 3:8 | 0 replies

down gal down......myeke loyo....she`s not worth our jezabel time.........

Jan 17, 2011 3:8 | 0 replies

@ Galfrend
Wateva Galfrend!!! Ur supposed to be a lady about dis u know..Actualy I was xpecting a guy to take me up bt "a gal" ..Nay.. am so disappointd in u Galfrend it showz wat type ov person u rly are!!!!!!!!!!!! PEACE OUT...

Jan 17, 2011 3:8 | 0 replies

@Catty88, Clivage & Galfrend... it took long enuf before it got to this... whatever happened to just chatting... hayi mina angisazi.

Jan 17, 2011 3:8 | 0 replies


i have already done that. but you where fool enough to notice that. sister i am out.

ai soka mang.


nyywana ya ntja for that matter nxa

Jan 17, 2011 3:9 | 0 replies