South African anti-apartheid veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of the late president Nelson Mandela, is “absolutely fine” after being admitted to hospital for observation, her spokesman said on Friday.
Doctors decided on Wednesday to keep the 80-year-old former first lady in hospital after she underwent a routine checkup.
“I was with her and she’s absolutely fine,” spokesman Victor Dlamini told television broadcaster eNCA.
Madikizela-Mandela spent several weeks in hospital last year for back surgery.
During her ex-husband’s 27-year incarceration for his fight against apartheid, Madikizela-Mandela campaigned for his release and for the rights of black South Africans, undergoing detention, banishment and arrest.
(Reporting by Tiisetso Motsoeneng; Editing by Gareth Jones)
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