Zelda to lift lid on Mandela family drama

2014-06-15 08:07
Zelda la Grange and Nelson Mandela (Photo24)

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Johannesburg - Feathers are bound to be ruffled this week when Zelda la Grange, Nelson Mandela’s trusted assistant of 19 years, releases her long-awaited memoir - Good Morning, Mr Mandela - in the next few days.

According to the Sunday Times, a world exclusive for the newspaper, la Grange has exposed behind-the-scenes drama within the Mandela family as well as the drama in the days leading up to Madiba’s death.

La Grange has exposed how Mandela’s widow, Graça Machel, was forced to get accreditation for her own husband’s funeral and how Makaziwe Mandela, Madiba’s eldest daughter, referred to Machel as Ms Frantic after she was described as being anxious after an ambulance broke down while transporting her husband to hospital.

In her book she writes that the Mandela family drama took a heavy toll on Machel and that “I don’t know of any person alive who has been treated with the amount of disrespect that people have shown towards Mrs Machel”.

The book will be published through Viking worldwide from Thursday.  "It's tender, intimate, eye-opening, incredibly moving, and offers a rare portrait of Nelson Mandela and his remarkable life," Viking president Clare Ferraro said last week in a statement.

The life and beliefs of La Grange were transformed after she started working for Mandela in 1994.

Although she began as a typist, La Grange, 43, went on to become his trusted assistant and worked for Mandela until his death in December at the age of 95.

She accompanied Mandela on trips abroad and was with him when he met world leaders and celebrities.

She will donate a portion of the royalties from the book to the Nelson Mandela Foundation to further his legacy.
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