Nelson Mandela family tree


Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president and the father of the struggle against apartheid, has died at the age of 95. His three weddings and two divorces have left a complex and divided family, spanning four generations.


Evelyn Ntoko Mase


The first wife of Nelson Mandela, whom he married in 1944 and divorced in 1958. She died in 2004 of respiratory problems.

Winnie Madikizela


Mandela's second wife, whom he married in 1958. They separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996. She is a social worker, activist and controversial ANC politician in her own right.

Graca Machel


Mandela's third wife, whom he married in 1998. A Mozambican politician and humanitarian worker. She is the widow of Samora Machel, Mozambique's first president.

Madiba Thembekile


Born in 1945, Mandela's first son was killed in a car crash when he was 25. Mandela was in prison at the time and was not permitted to attend his child's funeral.


1948, died aged nine months

Mandela's eldest daughter died aged just nine months. His next daughter was named Makaziwe in her honour.



Mandela's second son died of Aids-related diseases in 2005. After his son's death, Mandela said: "Let us give publicity to HIV/Aids and not hide it...". Makgatho's eldest son, Mandla, is the family heir and chief of the Traditional Council in Mvezo - birthplace of his grandfather.

Makaziwe (Maki)


Named in honour of her older sister, who died some years earlier. Of the four children born to Evelyn and Mandela, Makaziwe is the only one still living. She has held senior university positions and has worked at the Development Bank of Southern Africa.

Zenani (Zeni)


The eldest daughter of Mandela and his second wife, Winnie. She is South Africa's ambassador to Argentina and is married to Prince Thumbumuzi Dlamini of Swaziland.

Zindziswa (Zindzi)


Businesswoman and managing trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. With Mandela jailed in 1962, neither she nor her sister saw much of their father during their childhood.