How many children does Nelson Mandela have?


Nelson Mandela was the father of six children. Mandela had four children with his first wife, Evelyn Nkoto Mase, and two children with his second wife, Winnie Madikizela.

In order of age, Mandela's children are Madiba Thembekile, Makgatho, Makaziwe, Maki, Zenani and Zindziswa Mandela. Madiba died in 1969, and Makgatho died in 2005. Nelson Mandela was the grandfather of 17 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Mandela's grandson, Mandla Mandela, was elected chief of the Mvezo tribal council in 2007. Mandela had no children with his third wife, Grace Machel, whom he married in 1998. Mandela remained wed to Machel until his death on Dec. 5, 2013.

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