South Africa’s Madikizela-Mandela hospitalized

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A hospital spokeswoman says Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, among South African’s best known politicians and the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela has been admitted to the hospital and is doing fine.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A hospital spokeswoman says Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, among South African’s best known politicians and the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela has been admitted to the hospital and is doing fine.

Veronica Holliday, of Johannesburg’s Life Brenthurst Clinic, would not say Tuesday why Madikizela-Mandela had been admitted, when she arrived and when she would be discharged.

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 has joined him at family events alongside his current wife, Graca Machel.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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