Sources: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela hospitalised for weeks

EWN has been told that she was in hospital before the Mthatha judgment was issued last week.

FILE: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at Nelson Mandela's memorial service at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 10 December 2013. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - Sources close to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela say she's been hospitalised for some weeks.

There's no indication of what ails her, but the former wife of the late Nelson Mandela, has been hospitalized several times in recent years with a diabetic condition.

Her friends say she fell ill after the Mthatha High Court dismissed, with costs, her claim to her former husband's home in Qunu.

Madikizela-Mandela has not commented on this legal setback, although her lawyer Mvuso Notyesi, says they will appeal the judgment.

Eyewitness News has been told that she was in hospital before the Mthatha judgment was issued last week.

Sources say her diabetic condition is preventing doctors from performing the surgery she requires.