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Nelson Mandela book withdrawn after complaints

A publisher has withdrawn a book that documents Nelson Mandela's medical treatments following complaints that it violates doctor-patient confidentiality, according to South African media.

Nkosi Mandela, a grandson of the late anti-apartheid leader, president and Nobel laureate, said that the removal from shops of Mandela's Last Years showed respect for the family's wishes "to guard the sanctity of his last moments".

Mr Mandela's foundation also welcomed the decision by publisher Penguin Random House, South African news outlet eNCA said.

The book was written by retired military doctor Vejay Ramlakan, who treated the ailing statesman and said Mr Mandela's family requested that the book be written.

Dr Ramlakan has not named the family members he says authorised the book.

Mr Mandela suffered a lung infection and other ailments before he died in 2013 at the age of 95.

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