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Winnie Mandela Suffering Kidney Problems

April 21, 1995

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ Winnie Mandela was in serious but stable condition with a kidney ailment that doctors said was ``in no way related to stress.″

Mrs. Mandela entered Johannesburg’s Linksfield Park Clinic for tests on Tuesday, a day after resigning her Cabinet post.

Initial reports indicated her condition was stress-related and not serious. However, the clinic’s managing director, Dr. Peter Kalish, said Thursday that tests revealed Mrs. Mandela had ``a severe electrolyte imbalance affecting her kidney function, blood pressure and blood sugar.″

Kalish added that Mrs. Mandela’s condition was ``in no way related to stress or any other possible psychosomatic disorder.″

She remained hospitalized late Thursday.

President Nelson Mandela fired his estranged wife as deputy minister of arts, culture, science and technology on March 27. She then went to court to challenge the dismissal.

The president rehired her long enough to consult with other party leaders, a technicality he had overlooked earlier. He then fired her again.

Mrs. Mandela is popular among grassroots members of the African National Congress, but the organization has supported the president in the tug-of-war over her Cabinet post.

The couple separated in 1992 for unspecified reasons, a year after Mrs. Mandela was convicted of kidnapping in the abduction of four youths by her bodyguards. One of the victims was later found dead.

She avoided prison but paid a fine.

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