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Mandela's widow was treated badly by family, Mandela aide's upcoming memoir reveals

Published on Jun 15, 2014 8:30 PM
 
Mr Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machal (right, pictured with Mr Mandela) was treated badly by members of his family as the peace icon was fighting for his life in hospital, excerpts from a memoir by his long-time aide have revealed. -- ST FILE PHOTO

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Mr Nelson Mandela's widow was treated badly by members of his family as the peace icon was fighting for his life in hospital, excerpts from a memoir by his long-time aide have revealed.

In a book likely to ruffle some feathers within the large Mandela family, Ms Zelda la Grange, Mr Mandela's personal assistant for 19 years, tells of shabby treatment suffered by Mrs Graca Machel, even in the aftermath of her husband's death.

Ms La Grange's book "Good Morning, Mr Mandela" will be launched on Thursday.

Excerpts published by Sunday Times newspaper reveal that Mrs Machel was once called "Ms Frantic" by Mr Mandela's eldest daughter Makaziwe, after media reports that she had been in a frenzy when an ambulance driving Mr Mandela to hospital broke down on a motorway on a cold evening in June 2013.

 
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