A new book detailing Nelson Mandela's last days has been withdrawn after it was condemned by his outraged widow Cody McLeod Rangers Jersey , publisher Penguin Random House said Monday.
The book by Mandela's physician Vejay Ramlakan was released last week to coincide with the late anti-apartheid leader's birthday on July 18, which is marked each year as Mandela Day.
Mandela, often known by his clan name Madiba, died on December 5 2013, at the age of 95.
It revealed several undignified episodes at the end of Mandela's life as well as bitter family squabbles over his care and legacy, prompting fury from his widow Graca Machel who threatened legal action.
The company said it had decided "to immediately withdraw the book Mandela's Last Years from the trade, and no further copies will be issued."
It added that the book "was meant to portray Nelson Mandela's courage and strength until the very end of his life, and was in no way intended to be disrespectful."
Machel accused Ramlakan, a former military surgeon, of breaching patient confidentiality.
The book detailed how Mandela regurgitated blood due to a lung infection and disclosed that after his death, a spy camera was found in the morgue where his body was held.
It also revealed that an ambulance transporting Mandela to the hospital during his final months caught fire on the highway forcing him to wait for a backup.
Machel said she had not been consulted, though Ramlakan claimed that the book had been approved.
"We received permission from the family," the author told local television eNCA before the withdrawal. "All parties who needed to be consulted were consulted."
"The story of Madiba's last years is actually, in a sense, more impressive than when he was a fit human being," he added, paying tribute to his "unconquerable fortitude."
The icon's eldest grandson Mandla Mandela welcomed the decision to pull the controversial book which he described as "abuse of Mandela name and legacy."
He said withdrawing the book sent out "a loud and clear message that some things are worth more than money."
The executors of Mandela's estate said in a statement that the book's content's were "deeply regrettable and unfortunate and constitute unlawful disclosures."
They said neither Penguin nor Ramlakan had sought consent from them or Machel before publishing the book.
Penguin Random House did not say how many copies of the book had already been sold.
Mandela married Machel, his third wife and the widow of Mozambique president Samora Machel, in 1998.
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Hundreds of Apple manufacturer workers from a Dongguan factory went on strike Tuesday morning to protest against their company cutting provisions of mooncakes and other festival benefits amid the nation's sweeping anti-corruption campaign.
More than 100 workers at Dongguan's Wintak LCD Co Ltd, an Apple supplier, staged a strike on Tuesday after the company failed to distribute mooncakes and around 700 yuan ($114) in holiday bonuses. They returned to work at around 11 am the same day.
The strike caused serious traffic jams before workers were persuaded to return to their duties, as the strikers blocked two nearby major thoroughfares.
"We went on strike mainly because of long-term cutbacks by the company, including cuts in both holiday and regular benefits," a worker who joined the strike who requested anonymity told the Global Times.
The promised 700 yuan holiday bonus is half of an ordinary worker's base 1,410 yuan monthly salary. The bonus was cut to 100 yuan this year.
The worker also said that regular benefits have also been cut, as the company has stopped giving out retention allowances and cut meal allowances earlier in the year.
He said most of the factory's workers stopped working on Tuesday morning, but were forced back to work by riot police at around 11 am.
The short-lived strike has yet to see any results as the company has yet to provide any concessions.
Wintak LCD Co Ltd confirmed the strike, but declined to provide further comments.
"We don't have any updates to announce at this moment," said a publicity office representative at the Dongguan Public Security Bureau.
A Monday commentary in the People's Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China, argued that the anti-corruption regulations cannot be used as an excuse for depriving employees of legitimate benefits.
"What the anti-graft campaign is aiming at is unnecessary expenses using public money at the State-owned enterprises," Zhu Lijia, a professor of public management at the Chinese Academy of Governance, told the Global Times, adding that private companies are likely to use the campaign as the ground for cutting benefits.
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