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.
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.