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Anti-apartheid veteran admitted to hospital

The 80-year-old former first lady was in hospital for several weeks in 2016 for back surgery.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Pretoria, in this July 18, 2013 file photo.

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

Former first lady Madikizela-Mandela, 80, was in hospital for several weeks in 2016 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.

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According to media reports Mandela died in 2013 and made no mention of Madikizela-Mandela in his will. She plans to challenge the will.

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