Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Hospitalized, Under Observation

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. (Dibie Ike Michael with Reuters)

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, South African anti-apartheid veteran and former wife of the late Nelson Mandela, was admitted to a hospital for observation Thursday, March 9, a statement from her family said.

“Mandela went to the hospital for a routine medical checkup on Wednesday, March 8. A decision was taken to admit her for further observation,” the statement reads.

Madikizela-Mandela, 80, was in the hospital for several weeks last year for back surgery.

During nelson Mandela’s 27-year incarceration for his fight against apartheid, the former first lady campaigned vigorously for his release and for the rights of Black south Africans in detention, banished or arrested.

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