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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Hospitalised For A Kidney Infection, Family Confirms

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, known in South Africa as the “mother of the nation”, was hospitalized for a kidney infection, the family announced on Tuesday.

Winnie Mandela, 81, who is considered a heroine in the fight against apartheid, had been persecuted by the authorities of the white minority regime. She was appointed minister after the 1994 election.

Winnie Mandela hospitalised, family confirms

The Mandela family released a statement saying Madikizela-Mandela was hospitalised after complaining about leg pain and loss of appetite.

The Mandela family wishes to inform the public that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was admitted to Milpark Hospital.

“The Mandela family wishes to inform the public that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was admitted to Milpark Hospital” on Sunday, according to a statement.

The family added that she was ‘in good spirits’ and should be in hospital for a week.

Africa National Congress leaders led by party president Cde Cyril Ramaphosa paid a courtesy visit to her at the hospital.

The last time the stalwart was in hospital was in October last year for a knee surgery, which she had a full recovery from.

Nelson Mandela and Winnie, who married in 1956, were divorced in 1996.

Nelson Mandela, leader of the anti-apartheid struggle, spent twenty-seven years in the jails of the racist regime before becoming the first black president of his country in 1994.

On his release from prison, he was greeted as a hero by his wife Winnie and tens of thousands of supporters.


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