Defence department distances itself from book on Mandela’s ‘last years’

2017-07-22 18:29
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Cape Town – The defence department on Saturday distanced itself from a newly-released book detailing the former president Nelson Mandela’s last moments before his death.

The book, titled “Mandela’s Last Years”, was written by his doctor Vejay Ramlakan.

Ramlakan is the country’s former surgeon general and headed Mandela’s medical team till his death in 2013.

Defence spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said the views expressed in the book were those of the authors and did not in any way or manner represent the department and the SA Military Health Service.

He said the SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF) policy on patient-doctor confidentiality was in force.

“As such, the views and patient doctor engagements expressed in the book have not been sanctioned by the senior cadre of the department and the SANDF respectively.”

Mandela’s widow Graca Machel slammed the book on Friday and said she was considering suing.

"I condemn the book in the strongest terms," Machel said in a statement released by her foundation on Friday.

The book includes intimate moments just before the late statesman’s death.

In some extracts released to News24 this week, Ramlakan writes about Mandela’s admission to Mediclinic Heart Hospital on June 8, in a "serious condition".

He also releases some medical details about Madiba's ailments.

"On the previous night, we surmised, a sudden ulcer bleed and concomitant lung infection had probably caused an aspiration from blood that was being regurgitated," an extract of the book reads.

Machel said the book was a breach of confidentiality between doctor and patient.

"I am taking legal advice on whether to institute legal proceedings against the author and its publisher," Machel said.

She would meet with the executors of Madiba’s will – Justice Dikgang Moseneke, George Bizos SC and Judge Themba Sangoni on how to "best protect Madiba’s good name and reputation".

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