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Tragedy for Mandela before Cup

world Updated: Jun 12, 2010 00:20 IST
Nelson Mandela

The 13-year-old great granddaughter of South Africa's iconic leader Nelson Mandela was killed in a car crash early on Friday after witnessing a world soccer cup concert casting a tragic shadow over the start of the world's biggest sporting event.

Zenani Mandela was killed when the car in which she was returning home after witnessing the spectacular concert overturned plunging her family into mourning.

Mandela's former wife Winnie who was also a passenger in the ill fated car was injured and rushed to hospital, police said. The tragic accident came hours before the opening gates to the opening match between SA and Mexico.