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Mandela’s widow furious over book on his last days

Mandela’s widow furious over book on his last days

July 22, 2017

JOHANNESBURG, July 22 — Nelson Mandela’s widow yesterday threatened legal action over a book by his personal doctor that laid bare intimate details of his final illness and death in 2013. Mandela’s physician Vejay Ramlakan revealed several undignified episodes at the end of Mandela’s life as well as bitter family squabbles over his care and legacy. “I condemn the book in the strongest terms,” Graca Machel said in a statement released by her charity foundation, local... Read more

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A fan reads a programme before the Kidderminster Harriers vs Burnley pre-season friendly at Aggborough Stadium in Kidderminster July 23, 2017. — Action Images pic via Reuters

A fan reads a programme before the Kidderminster Harriers vs Burnley pre-season friendly at Aggborough Stadium in Kidderminster July 23, 2017. — Action Images pic via Reuters