South Africa's Madikizela-Mandela hospitalized

AP News
Posted: Sep 13, 2011 10:45 AM
South Africa's Madikizela-Mandela hospitalized

South Africa's African National Congress says that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has undergone a minor foot operation.

Madikizela-Mandela, among South Africa's best known politicians and ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, went to a Johannesburg hospital Saturday complaining of ankle pain, the governing party said Tuesday, adding the surgery was successful and she was recuperating well Tuesday.

Madikizela-Mandela, 76, was elected to parliament as an ANC member in 2009. She is particularly popular among younger South Africans for her fiery style and calls for more to be done to lift the black majority out of poverty 17 years after white rule ended.

She and Nelson Mandela divorced in 1996. But in recent years she has joined him at family events alongside his current wife, Graca Machel.