Cape Town - Penguin Random House (PRHSA) has withdrawn the book Mandela's Last Years, written by the former head of Mandela's medical team, Lieutenant-General Vejay Ramlakan.
Ramlakan headed Mandela's medical team until his death in December 2013. He retired from the SANDF in 2015.
This comes after the late icon's widow, Graca Machel threatened to sue the publisher saying she condemned the book "in the strongest terms".
"I am taking legal advice on whether to institute legal proceedings against the author and its publisher," Machel said.
The defence department on Saturday said the book did not represent the views of the department or the SA Military Health Service.
SANDF spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini told News24: "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."
Here's how Twitterverse reacted:
Mandela's Last Years seems like the only Mandela book I wanna read.— Ntho'eo Feela?! (@NthAsia) July 25, 2017
Mandela's Last Years is in bad taste breaks doctor/patient confidentiality even in death when there are many"cause unknowns" for that reason— SocialMediaBlackOut (@NosiphoKhulu) July 25, 2017
As much as I think it is a great story, but I think some things are meant to be private.— #belief!? (@A_OscarN) July 25, 2017
Mandela's last years is out of order.
Is Mandela not a public figure? Then what's to hide now on his last days? "Mandela's Last Years" pic.twitter.com/eoF8eXyoUJ— ??&???? (@MthunziMamkeli) July 25, 2017
Thank God 'Mandela's Last Years' has been withdrawn. People will make money out of you even when you're in your grave! Respect— She Speaks (@MbalzdotCom) July 24, 2017
-Mandela's Last Years (book)— Mzansi Facts (@mzansi_facts) July 24, 2017
We should know everything about the iconic man (good or bad) - it's in the #PublicInterest
Honestly I didn't care that yet another Mandela book was published, and I don't care if it's being withdrawn. Mandela's Last Years.— Honestly (@honestly_th0) July 24, 2017
It's so selfish of graca machel to try n deny us knowledge of Mandela's last years, he's more ours than he'll ever be her's.— War Horse (@Shnaitl) July 24, 2017
Withdraw "Mandela's Last Years", great strategy to boost sales pic.twitter.com/9m21lkIdh4— Luyanda Ntwalana (@Ntwalanalu) July 24, 2017
What do people want to know about Mandela's Last Years the man is gone let him rest in peace. He deserves it.— Herbert (@ThaBoss79659022) July 24, 2017
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