Winnie Madikizela-Mandela out of hospital

African National Congress (ANC) stalwart, Winnie
Madikizela-Mandela, was discharged from hospital
this week, after being admitted about two weeks ago.
Madikizela-Mandela was admitted to Milpark Hospital
on January 20 with a kidney infection. The family
said in addition to kidney infection, she was also
suffering from exhaustion. It was reported that the
anti-apartheid veteran had also complained of a loss
of appetite and a painful leg before she was admitted
to hospital.
A family statement released on Tuesday this week
said they were “delighted” that she has now been
discharged from hospital.
“I’m pleased to be going back home where I’ll
be able to rest and fully recuperate from the short
illness. The doctors and nurses who looked after me
were wonderful,” Madikizela Mandela was quoted as
saying in the statement.
Spokesperson for the family, Victor Dlamini, told
News24 that Madikizela-Mandela is “much better
than when she went into hospital. She will be recovering
at home”.
Madikizela-Mandela is 81 years old. When she was
still in hospital, Dlamini said she was “constantly surrounded
by family and is in high spirits”.
Well wishes poured in from different corners for
Madikizela-Mandela, with the ANC speaking through
its spokesperson, Khusela Diko.
“The African National Congress sends its well wishes
Comrade Nomzamo Mandela as she recovers in
hospital. We’re very happy to hear that she’s in good
spirits and expects to be discharged soon,” she said
at the time.
Madikizela-Mandela has been hospitalized several
times in recent years: for a second back surgery last
year, for knee surgery - also last year – for diabetes
and a minor foot operation, among others.
A few days before she was admitted to hospital,
Madikizela-Mandela received a honorary doctorate
of laws by Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
Her niece received the award on her behalf.
Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni, congratulated
“To my friend Mrs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and
the entire Mandela family, I congratulate you upon
this well-deserved award, the honorary doctorate of
laws of Makerere University.
“The Mandela family was very instrumental in the
liberation of South Africa and the entire African continent,”
Museveni said.
The African National Congress Women’s League
(ANCWL) congratulated Madikizela-Mandela for the
“Cde Winnie remains an epitome of selfless servanthood
and she is accorded the respect she deserves
by those who have appreciation of her outstanding
contribution to the fight against apartheid and colonialism.
The political arrivalists have to be reminded
that Cde Winnie dedicated her entire life to the liberation
struggle and was not deterred by the physical
and psychological tortures she endured from the
apartheid machinery,” the ANC Women’s League
Secretary General, Meokgo Matuba said.
“Cde Winnie’s resilience against patriarchy and
male chauvinism that regards women as second
class citizens motivates many women in and outside
the African National Congress to continue working
without motives of material advantage or personal
gain, in the struggle to end all forms of violence
against women that is perpetuated by some traditional/
religious practices,” the league said.
The ANC Women’s League said Madikizela-Mandela’s
generation achieved political freedom.
“For its own benefit and for the generation to come,
the current generation of women must unite and totally
dismantle and eradicate patriarchy in all sectors
of the society. It is also upon the current generation
to achieve radical change in the structure, systems,
institutions and patterns of ownership, management
and control of the economy in favour of all South Africans,
especially the poor, the majority of whom are
African and female,” it said