Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: Update On The Anti-Apartheid Icon’s State Of Health


South African anti-apartheid veteran and late president Nelson Mandela’s former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is “absolutely fine” after being admitted to hospital for observation, her spokesman said on Friday.

Spokesman Victor Dlamini told television broadcaster eNCA in the early hours of today that mama Winne is doing good in the hospital.

“I was with her and she’s absolutely fine,” Dlamini said.

Dlamini was unable to provide any additional information.

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was admitted to the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Wednesday for further observation.

In a statement released on Thursday, her family confirmed that the family’s matriarch was admitted to the hospital for further observation after she visited the clinic for a routine medical check-up.

“The Mandela family wish to inform the public that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has been admitted to the Milpark Hospital for observation.

“Mrs. Mandela went to the hospital for a routine medical check-up on Wednesday. A decision was taken to admit her for further observation,” the family said.

Although Winnie’s family didn’t specify why she was admitted for further observation, they, however, promised to release more updates on her health status.

Last year, precisely in March, former first lady Madikizela-Mandela, 80, spent several weeks in a Johannesburg hospital for back surgery.

Her first surgery, for compression of the spinal nerve and pain relief, took place on March 8. It was followed by a second procedure on April 14 to assist with her recovery.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is fondly remembered for her influential roles during her ex-husband’s 27-year incarceration in Robben Island.

She imprinted her own name in struggle lore. She was regularly detained by the apartheid government, tortured, subjected to house arrest, kept under surveillance, held in solitary confinement for a year and banished to a remote town.

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The anti-apartheid icon is also lauded for her campaign against white minority rule, the release of black South Africans suffering years of detention, banishment, and arrest by the white authorities.

Former president Nelson Mandela died in 2013 without mentioning Winnie in his will. She was further devastated after the High Court dismissed her claim to Mandela’s ancestral home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape province.

Madikizela-Mandela had claimed she bought the Qunu property in 1989 while Mandela was still in prison, giving her ownership rights under the traditional law.

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Winnie, also, didn’t inherit anything from Mandela’s $4.1 million Estate, which was divided among his family, former workers and servants, the ruling African National Congress party and several schools.

Winnie and Mandela divorced in 1996 but the bond between the duo was visibly seen in 2013 when Mandela was in the hospital.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela could be seen almost visiting her former husband Nelson Mandela daily at the Mediclinic heart hospital in Pretoria.

After a divorce from his first wife Evelyn, Mandela married Winnie in 1958.

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