Latest: Winnie Mandela Madikizela taken to Hospital

South Africa’s 80 year old liberation war veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela,has been rushed to a private hospital in the main city, Johannesburg, agencies have reported.

A close relative, Thierry Bashala, told reporters that she is not very seriously ill, but could not explain why she had been admitted to hospital.

Winnie separated with her iconic husband, the late liberation hero and former South African President  Nelson Mandela in 1996.

Madikizela-Mandela was last admitted in hospital in April, after undergoing back surgery.