Winnie Madikizela-Mandela undergoes foot operation

13th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, underwent a foot operation Tuesday after being hospitalised in Johannesburg at the weekend, the ruling African National Congress said.

"Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was admitted at the Johannesburg Hospital on Saturday as a result of a pain in her ankle," the party said in a statement.

"She was checked by doctors and subsequently she underwent a minor foot operation which was successful," it said.

She is recuperating well and remains under doctors' observation, the statement added.

Madikizela-Mandela was married to ex-president Nelson Mandela from 1957 to 1996, though they had officially separated four years earlier. She had tirelessly campaigned for his release during his 27-year imprisonment under apartheid.

Her image was tarnished by a series of scandals, including her links to the kidnap and murder of a young activist and a 2003 fraud conviction.

She remains an MP and a member of the ruling African National Congress party's national executive committee.

© 2011 AFP

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