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Royal family backs Machel’s action against Mandela’s doctor

Graca Machel announced she’s taking legal advice on whether to sue Vejay Ramlakan after publishing a book detailing Madiba’s final days.

FILE: Nelson Mandela’s grandson chief Mandla Mandela. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Mandela royal family says it’s unequivocally supporting Nelson Mandela’s widow Graca Machel to take legal action against her husband’s former medical doctor.

Machel says she’s taking legal advice on whether to sue general doctor Vejay Ramlakan after publishing a book titled Mandela’s Last Years detailing Madiba’s final days before his death in 2013.

Mandela’s grandson chief Mandla Mandela says they agree with Machel that the book may contain statements that constitute an ethical breach and violates the doctor-patient confidentiality principle.

Meanwhile, the Defence Department's Siphiwe Dlamini has also distanced the Department of Defence and South African National Defence Force (SANDF) from the book.

“The Department of Defence (DoD) has noted and completely distances itself from the book. And, we wish to explicitly state that all views expressed in the book are those of the author and do not in any way or manner represent the DoD nor the South African ministerial service.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)