South African anti-apartheid veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, former wife of the late Nelson Mandela, has been admitted to hospital for observation, a statement from her family said on Thursday.
Winnie had gone to hospital for her normal checkup on Wednesday but doctors are reported to have admitted her for observation on Thursday, March 9.
The family of the apartheid freedom fighter released a statement on her condition to the media.
“Mandela went to the hospital for routine medical checkup on Wednesday, March 8. A decision was taken to admit her for further observation,” the statement read.
Winnie who is 80, in 2016 had been hospitalised for weeks after a back surgery.
The iron lady is well known for her fight against apartheid and her quest for the release of Nelson Mandela after he was imprisoned for 27 years.
Winnie’s spokesman Victor Dlamini confirmed tests are being done on Mandela’s former wife and there’s nothing to worry about.
“The doctors have decided to admit her for further observation. We are pleased to announce a clean bill of health,
“She is undergoing quite a number of tests, given her own medical history, but there’s nothing to worry about,” he said.
Winnie was married to Mandela from 1958 until their separation in 1992 and then divorced after a bitter war of words in 1996.