Winnie Mandela hospitalized over kidney infection, family confirms

Winnie Mandela hospitalized over 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.

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.

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