South Africa: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to undergo further surgery

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There are growing concerns about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s failing health amid reports that she will undergo further surgery on Thursday.

The struggle stalwart underwent surgery for back problems last month. It appears that there were complications with the procedure which was carried out at a Johannesburg clinic and the former wife of Nelson Mandela has remained hospitalised since then. In addition, she suffers from diabetes.

The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) has wished her a speedy recovery. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her. We are confident that the mother of the nation's resilience‚ courage and fighting spirit including the care she is receiving from the medical team that is looking after her will pull her through‚" said SANCO national spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu.

Just last week, Madikizela-Mandela’s bid to lay claim to her former husband's rural home in Qunu was dismissed by the Mthatha High Court on Thursday. She sparked an outcry last year when she launched a legal challenge against the estate, with her lawyers claiming that her divorce from the former President was fraudulently obtained.  

Madikizela-Mandela, who carried the hopes of black South Africans during Mandela's lengthy imprisonment, was married to him for 38 years. Although they were still married when Mandela became president of South Africa in May 1994, they had been separated since 1992 after she had a high-profile affair. Their divorce was finalised in 1996.

Mandela, who remarried former Mozambican First Lady Graca Machel on his 80th birthday, excluded Madikizela-Mandela from his will. He died in 2013 and was buried on the property.
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13 Abril 2016 08:22:47




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