Did Nelson Mandela have any children?


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Nelson Mandela had six children, which includes two sons and four daughters. Mandela's children include sons Madiba Thembekile and Makgatho, two daughters both named Makaziwe, and two daughters named Zenani and Zindziswa.

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Nelson Mandela married Evelyn Ntoko Mase in 1944. Son Madiba Thembekile was born in 1945. Daughter Makaziwe was born in 1947 but died of meningitis at 9 months old. Son Makgatho was born in 1950, and second daughter Makaziwe was born in 1954 and named after her deceased sister.

After divorcing Evelyn in 1957, Mandela married Winnie Madikizela in 1958. The couple had daughters Zenani and Zindziswa in 1959 and 1960, respectively, and divorced in 1996.

Madiba Thembekile Mandela died in a 1969 car crash, and Makgatho Mandela died of AIDS in 2005. Nelson Mandela married his third wife, Graca Machel, in 1998, but the two shared no children. Mandela died on Dec. 5, 2013.

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