Book about Mandela's 'last days' withdrawn from circulation

Book about Mandela's 'last days' withdrawn from circulation

Book about Mandela's 'last days' withdrawn from circulation

The book - billed as "the true story of Nelson Mandela's final journey" - is said to expose "undignified" allegations about his last days, including claims the late President's second wife, Winnie traveled with him to hospital instead of Machel.

Machel said she considered the book a breach of patient-doctor confidentiality and was thinking of taking legal action against Dr Ramlakan.

He released his book, "Mandela's Last Years" on Tuesday to coincide with Mandela Day on July 18, in honour of his memory.

"If the master has not in anyway given that person authority to disseminate any information pertaining to Mr Mandela then whatever is given from there is defective consent and Graca Machel will have recourse against the person who has given the authority firstly, also to the person who disseminated the information, the publisher, and Dr Ramlakan", Singh said.

The book detailed how Mandela regurgitated blood due to a lung infection and disclosed that after his death at the age of 95 a spy camera was found in the morgue where his body was held.

He also wrote that an ambulance transporting him from his Johannesburg home to Pretoria, during his final months, caught fire on the highway forcing the former president to wait half an hour for another ambulance.

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No Mandela family spokesperson was available for comment.

When asked whether Machel had been consulted in the writing of the book, Ramlakan refused to be drawn. "However, given the statements from family members, we have chose to withdraw the book". "All parties who needed to be consulted were consulted".

The cover of the controversial book, Mandela's Last Years.

Publisher Penguin Random House has released a statement, confirming their decision to shelve the book.

Penguin Random House did not say how many copies of the book had already been sold.

Mandela, often known by his clan name Madiba, died on December 5, 2013.

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