Mandela family road safety bid

Former South African President Nelson MandelaA¬†scholarship to support road safety initiatives has been set up by the family of Nelson Mandela, following the car-crash death of the former South African president’s granddaughter.

Zenani Mandela, 13, died in a crash on the eve of the 2010 soccer World Cup in South Africa.

Her mother Zoleka and sister Zindzi helped launch the Zenani Mandela Road Safety Scholarship as part of the 2011-2020 UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.

The scholarship will aim to help young policymakers in South Africa tackle a growing epidemic of death and injury on the country’s roads.

Zoleka Mandela said: “A crash robbed me of my daughter, a beautiful, bright 13-year-old who was full of energy and hope for the future. I will never recover from this, nor will my family. Parents and families should not have to be put through tragedies like this. All too often they are.

“My heart is already broken, but what makes this even worse is that so often road crashes are preventable. We must all support the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety – our children’s lives are at stake. It is our duty to end the suffering.”

The decade of action will be launched next month. Former Labour Cabinet minister Lord Robertson, who is chairman of the Commission for Global Road Safety, said: “We desperately need to support our young leaders and help them develop the expertise to tackle the growing global epidemic of road casualties.

“Far too many children are killed and injured each day on the roads. Too many families are suffering. No one should have to bear pain like that felt by the Mandela family. It is time for action.”

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