Panafrican News Agency

South Africa: Graca Machel threatens to sue Mandela's former doctor

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel on Friday threatened to sue his former doctor Vejay Ramlakan who this week released a tell-all book about the world statesman’s death in 2013.

“Mandela’s Last Years" provides an intimate account of his deteriorating health when he suffered from stomach and ulcer bleeding and a lung infection.

Ramlakan also revealed that he was accompanying the former president from his Johannesburg home to a Pretoria hospital in the dead of night when the ambulance caught fire. Thirty minutes later a backup ambulance arrived and took them to the hospital.

Machel, who was once married to Mozambican President Samora Machel making her the only woman in history to be married to two presidents, is threatening legal action, saying the book is a "breach of the doctor-patient relationship of confidentiality".

"I am taking legal advice on whether to institute legal proceedings against the author and its publisher," Machel said in a statement received by PANA.

Machel said she would meet with the executors of the Nobel Laureate’s will to establish how best to protect “his good name and reputation".
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