Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, wife to the first black president in South Africa, Nelson Mandela, on Monday, April 2, 2018, passed on at the age of 81.

A personal assistant to the late anti-apartheid campaigner made the announcement, even as a family member, Victor Dlamini in a statement said she died of a protracted illness.

According to the statement, “She died after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year.

“She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones.”

Winnie was about three months earlier rushed to the hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa after suffering a kidney infection.

Dlamini continued, “Prior to going to the clinic she was uncomfortable and complaining of loss of apetite and that one of her legs was painful.

“Upon admission it was discovered that she had an infection and that it had affected her kidneys.”

The statement added that: “She is expected to make a full recovery and should spend approximately a week in hospital.

“She is constantly surrounded by family and is in high spirits.”