March 10, 2017 / 10:00 AM / 8 months ago

Winnie Mandela 'absolutely fine' in hospital: spokesman

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - 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.

FILE PHOTO: Winnie Madikizela Mandela,ex-wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, attends the inauguration ceremony of South African President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, May 24, 2014. REUTERS/Mujahid Safodien/Pool/File Photo

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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