Zindzi Mandela defends Zelda's 'tell-all' book

Zelda la Grange's book is set to expose how the family apparently mistreated Graca Machel.

FILE: Former president Nelson Mandela walks with the help of his personal assistant Zelda la Grange on 28 October 2005. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Former president Nelson Mandela's daughter Zindzi has come out in defence of his former personal assistant Zelda la Grange.

La Grange's book Good Morning Mr Mandela , which is set to be released tomorrow, apparently exposes the family drama in the final days before Madiba died and in the run up to his funeral.

La Grange was Mandela's personal assistant for 19 years.

Zindzi took to Twitter last night saying her late father was aware of two other books written by former employees and gave them his blessings.

She said he wouldn't have treated a book written by his personal assistant any differently.

Zindzi said it's premature for her to comment on the book as she has not yet read it.

She said its common knowledge that when her father was asked how he wanted to be remembered, he would often say that he wanted people to decide for themselves.

The book is also expected to cast light on how the Mandela's apparently treated Madiba's widow Graca Machel while she was married to the former president.

La Grange has apparently written about how Machel was forced to get accreditation for Mandela's funeral last year.