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'Mandela's last Years' pulled off the shelf

Date: Jul 25, 2017

A new book about the late President Nelson Mandela's last days has been withdrawn by publishers Penguin Random House South Africa after it was found to be offensive and factual inaccurate.

The executors of Nelson Mandela's estate say although the controversial book on Madiba has been taken off the shelves, they may still pursue legal action against author Dr. Vajay Ramlakan. The book "Mandela's last days" details Madiba's final days and death. The publisher Penguin Random House has withdrawn the book. 

The book tittled, 'Mandela's Last Years', details the last days of the late former president Nelson Mandela. It is written by former South African National Defence Force Surgeon-General, Dr Vejay Ramlakan, who was part of the medical team treating Madiba in the months before his death

Executor and former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke says they will also lodge complaints with the SANDF and the Health Professions' Council of South Africa.

Moseneke says Ramlakan acted at all times as a doctor appointed as the SANBF and was the employee of the SANDF when he acquired the information and now revealed it. Adding that the Defense must must consider how to act against him for what he did, we are going to report the matter to the health professions council, he's a doctor and there are ethical rules

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Meanwhile, the South African Medical Association (SAMA) says any patient-related information within the doctor-patient relationship is sacrosanct and must be respected, even after death. SAMA was responding to the book, 'Mandela's Last Years', which details the last days of former president Nelson Mandela.

The book was written by former South African National Defence Force Surgeon-General Dr Vejay Ramlakan, who was part of the medical team treating Madiba in the months before his death. Tsepiso Makwetla spoke to chairperson of the South African Medical Association Dr Mzukisi Grootboom

An attorney specialising in medical law says a medical practitioner can divulge patient information, but only if it's factually correct and in the public interest.

Adele van de Walt was reacting to accusations that retired Defence Force surgeon-general, Dr Veejay Ramlakan, broke doctor-patient confidentiality in his book, 'Mandela's Last Years'.

Ramlakan's publisher, Penguin Random House, has withdrawn the book in the face of threatened legal action by Mandela's widow, Graca Machel. Van de Walt has told Prabashini Moodley of Lotus Radio in Durban that there are certain exceptions to the rule.

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