A weekend media report revealed that a woman known for her unwavering struggle in South Africa – Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has been hospitalised.
The main reasons for her hospitalisation is not yet clear as Eyewitness News reported, but she had undergone some previous treatment for a diabetic condition.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was married to the greatest son of South Africa Nelson Mandela but due to certain misgivings, he parted ways with her after the long walk to freedom and got married to a Mozambican politician Graca Machel.
Years after Mandela’s demise, his estranged wife Winnie launched a claim to his Qunu house at the Mthatha High Court. The house in question was reportedly passed on to the Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela Family Trust by Mandela for the benefit of his family.
According to what advocate George Bizos told journalists on the case, there was no mention of Winnie Mandela in the former president Nelson Mandela’s will and the will did not provide for her.
Now, Winnie Mandela is challenging the will by claiming rights to his Qunu homestead in Eastern Cape after allegedly keeping quiet for 17 years.
Advocate Bizos who is among the three executors of Mandela’s will also told journalists outside the Mthatha High Court that Madikizela Mandela did nothing for 17 years after the property was registered in Mandela’s name.
In the ruling last week, the High Court in Mthatha dismissed the application submitted by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela claiming ownership of her late former husband, Nelson Mandela’s home in Qunu.
Though its still not clear on the exact time she was admitted to the hospital, there are rumours that linked the judgment by the High Court to her deteriorating health. EWN reported that Madikizela-Mandela had been hospitalised some time before the court ruled on her case.
There has been several reports of her hospitalisation in recent years. In 2014, she underwent a surgery, the Sunday World reported while in June 2012, she went thorugh surgery for a broken wrist.
Also, in 2011 was admitted at least twice to treat her diabetes which she is still battling with.