There was reported drama at the funeral of author Zoleka Mandela, who had planned to be buried alongside her two children, mother, and grandmother.
I can’t imagine the pain 💔 and sadness in #ZolekaMandela children After seeing the body of their Mom exhumed by Zenani and the grave left empty Such tardegy will never get erased in their hearts will forever be reminded 💔 Strength and Love God comfort them
Instead, she was laid to rest in a grave plot purchased by her ex-husband, Thierry Bashala. Zoleka’s aunt, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, arrived with police and a court order, demanding that the author be buried elsewhere.
Initially, it was planned for her to be buried at the Mandela Estate at Fourways Memorial Park, but legal documents divided the family, resulting in her being moved to the ex-husband’s purchased grave.
Zoleka had allegedly listed people she didn’t want at her funeral, and both her aunt Zenani and ex-husband Thierry were on that list. Other names included Mandla Mandela, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, and Mike Seakamela, who she reportedly claimed had sexually abused her.
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Zoleka had been battling metastatic cancer, which affected her hip, liver, lung, pelvis, brain, and spinal cord. She passed away surrounded by friends and family on September 25th. Zoleka, the granddaughter of former South African President Nelson Mandela and ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela Mandela, left behind four children: her son Zwelami (born in 2003), daughters Zanyiwe (born in 2014), Zenzile (born in 2019), and Zingce Zobuhle Mandela (born in 2022). She had previously beaten breast cancer twice, first diagnosed in 2012.
Mercedes-Benz Unveils AMG-Tweaked GLC Coupe Twins: Power Meets Style
For those who seek a blend of sportiness and style in their SUVs, Mercedes-Benz has answered the call with the latest additions to their lineup – the AMG-tweaked GLC twins, namely the GLC43 and the GLC63 S E Performance, now available in the sleek Coupe format.
Under the Hood: The Heart of Performance
Beneath the refined, sloped-roof exteriors of these Coupe variants, you’ll discover the same potent powertrains that have made the standard AMG GLC SUVs a sensation since their debut in July. The GLC63 S E Performance, in particular, shares its power source with the SUV counterpart, featuring a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that boasts an impressive 469 horsepower all on its own.
This engine is complemented by a single electric motor generating an additional 201 hp, resulting in a combined peak output of 671 hp and a jaw-dropping 752 pound-feet of torque. It’s worth noting, however, that the peak power is available for a brief 10-second burst, delivering a surge of exhilaration when needed.
A Slightly Tamer Sibling
The GLC43 Coupe, while still packing a punch, offers a more modest hybrid configuration. It also houses the same turbocharged four-cylinder engine but is tuned to deliver 416 hp. This is further enhanced by a small electric motor that steps in to provide a temporary boost of 13 hp when required.
Power from both models is efficiently transmitted to all four wheels through Mercedes-Benz’s AMG Speedshift nine-speed transmission. Additionally, they both feature rear-axle steering and come equipped with the AMG Ride Control suspension, ensuring a thrilling and controlled ride.
Unchanged Performance, Unrivaled Experience
Transforming the GLC into a sporty Coupe silhouette doesn’t alter the performance credentials of either model. The GLC43 is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
In contrast, the GLC63 S E Performance accelerates to 60 mph in a mere 3.4 seconds, and its speed limiter doesn’t intervene until 171 mph is reached. Both models share the same suspension options, performance brakes, and interior layout, complete with the familiar MBUX system.
The Trade-Off: Style vs. Space
One notable difference lies in the interior space. In the GLC63 S E Performance Coupe, you’ll find 13.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the rear seats up, expandable to 47.1 cubic feet when folded down. The GLC43 Coupe offers a bit more room, with 19.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats and a generous 52.6 cubic feet with the seats folded. While these numbers slightly reduce compared to their SUV counterparts, it’s a trade-off for the added style and sporty aesthetic.
Price and Availability
As for pricing and availability, Mercedes-Benz has yet to disclose the cost of these new Coupe-SUVs or their exact release dates. However, they have provided insight into the model years, with the GLC43 being labeled as a 2024 model and the GLC63 S E Performance as a 2025, offering a glimpse into what the future holds for the performance-oriented Coupe lineup.