Madiba's tragic last days

By Drum Digital
15 June 2014

Zelda La Grange, late former President Nelson Mandela's personal assistant, is to release memoirs which reveal the conflict within the family during Tata's last days.

Good Morning, Mr Mandela is her account of her experiences as one of the world's most loved statesmen's right hand.

She told The Times of factions within the family, the trauma his wife, Graca Machel endured at the hands of family members such as Makaziwe Mandela who "tauntingly" called her 'Mrs Frantic'.

Machel also allegedly had to get accreditation for her own husband's funeral.

La also speaks about how Tata was kept from the people closest to him and was exposed to strangers when he could no longer speak for himself.

On the flak she's likely to get for the release of her book, La Grange says ""I expect backlash from a lot of people. You can never write something or expose yourself like this and expect no one to be upset about it. I'm not going to engage in any public fights. I know I've told the truth - that there's not one line that can be contested in the book."

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