The veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela 81, heroine in the fight against apartheid and ex-wife of late South African President Nelson Mandela was hospitalized with a kidney infection.
Winnie was taken to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Sunday.
“Upon admission‚ it was discovered that she had an infection that had affected her kidneys. She is expected to make a full recovery and should spend approximately a week at the hospital‚” Dlamini was quoted as saying in a statement on Tuesday night.
Madikizela-Mandela is expected to make a full recovery and will remain in the hospital for another week, according to the family.
she was known among her supporters as “Mother of the Nation,” acted as her late husband’s mouthpiece while he spent 27 years in prison during the South African apartheid.
Nelson Mandela and Winnie, who married in 1956, were divorced in 1996.
Nelson Mandela, leader of the anti-apartheid struggle, spent twenty-seven years in the jails of the racist regime before becoming the first black president of his country in 1994.
During her ex-husband’s 27-year imprisonment for his fight against apartheid, Madikizela-Mandela campaigned for his release and the rights of black South Africans, undergoing arrest and banishment.