By Ndileka Swakamisa
The Nelson Mandela Foundation said publishing house, Penguin Random House, should have pulled the controversial book about the late statesman off the shelves, soon after catching wind of trouble with its content.
On Monday, Penguin Random House announced its withdrawal of the book “Mandela’s last years” and halted the issuing of any further copies, out of respect for the Mandela family.
Written by the late president’s lead doctor, Vejay Ramlakan, the book has caused a stir, allegedly containing revealing contents of the final days of Nelson Mandela’s life, as well as bitter family squabbles.
Madiba’s widow, Graca Machel, has threatened legal action over the book, saying that it constitutes a breach of Ramlakan’s doctor-patient relationship with the former President.
CEO of the Foundation, Sello Hatang, said the publishers should have acted sooner. Hatang said the foundation is now tasked with highlighting any inconsistencies that may be found in the book.