La Grange: New book about Madiba's legacy

‘Good Morning, Mr Mandela’ officially launched in Joburg, London and New York today.

Zelda la Grange's book titled, 'Good Morning, Mr Mandela', was officially launched today. Picture: SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Zelda la Grange on Thursday said she is hoping her new book will do justice to the life and greatness of late former president Nelson Mandela.

Madiba was her boss for almost two decades.

The book, Good Morning, Mr Mandela, was officially launched in Johannesburg, London and New York on Thursday.

La Grange's memoir caused controversy because of revelations relating to Mandela's family and how his death was handled.

She says the book is about her story and the lessons she learnt over the years while she was his personal assistant.

Speaking to Talk Radio 702's Jenny Crwys-Williams, la Grange said she wondered whether Madiba appreciated his own greatness and the legacy he was leaving.

"When he stood in the stadium with 50,000 people, it didn't sink in to him that there were all those people cheering for him, it was amazing to witness."

She spoke about meeting Madiba and how he spoke to her in Afrikaans.

"He did the opposite of what I expected. He destroyed my defences immediately and reached out to me. I was overcome with shock and I started crying."

La Grange described a wide-range of experiences from their travels and how Madiba met his wife Gra├ža Machel.