Nelson Mandela 'fake foreword' in Congo president's book were his words

The cover of Straight Speaking for Africa by President Denis Sassou-Nguesso proudly proclaims "Foreword by Nelson Mandela". Inside, Mr Mandela. 91, is purported to hail a man who came to power in a coup in 1979 and after losing elections regained power by winning a civil war as "one of our great African leaders".

But the anti-apartheid leader's foundation, which guards his legacy, last month threatened legal action over the "false claim".

"Mr Mandela has neither read the book nor written a foreword for it. We condemn this brazen abuse of Mr Mandela's name," Verne Harris, the foundation's acting chief executive, said at the time.

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