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Views in Mandela book are not ours, says Defence Dept

The book details late president Nelson Mandela’s final days before his death in 2013.

 Nelson Mandela. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Defence Department says the views and patient doctor engagements expressed in the newly published book Mandela’s Last Years have not been sanctioned by the department or SANDF.

The book details late president Nelson Mandela’s final days before his death in 2013.

It has been written by former surgeon general Dr Vejay Ramlakan, who led the world icon’s medical team.

The defence says SANDF’s policy on patient doctor confidentiality remains in place and it didn’t give any information to the book’s author.

Defence spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini says: “The department completely distances itself from the book. The department wants to explicitly state that all views in the book are those of the author and do not represent the DOD or South African Military Health Service.”

The book has sparked some controversy with the former statesman’s widow Graca Machel saying she’s taking legal advice on whether to sue her husband’s doctor for documenting Madiba’s final days.

LISTEN: Doc sets record straight in 'Mandela's Last Days'

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)