Mandela’s doctor releases controversial book on his ‘last days’

By Faeza
24 July 2017


Chief Mandla Mandela and his family are aggrieved by a book that has shared intimate details of the former president Nelson Mandela’s last moments before his death

In a statement issued by the Royal House of Mandela on Saturday night, he said he was fully behind Graca Machel, Mandela’s widow, in her quest to take legal action against Vejay Ramlakan.

The book, titled Mandela’s Last Years, was written by Ramlakan, the country’s former surgeon general and headed Mandela’s medical team till his death in 2013.

Mandla agreed with Machel that the book contained statements that constituted an ethical breach.

“We are aggrieved as a family that the privilege of administering to President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela afforded to the doctor appears to have been vilely abused,” he said.

“We want to caution that this is not the first apparent abuse of the Mandela name and legacy and call on all to respect the wishes and proprietary rights vested by none other than President Mandela himself.”

In some extracts of the book released to News24 this week, Ramlakan writes about Mandela’s admission to Mediclinic Heart Hospital on 8 June, 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.

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