South Africa Has Unveiled A New Statue Of Nelson Mandela

A 30-foot bronze statue has been erected at the Union Buildings to commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela.

1. After 10 days or mourning, South Africa has unveiled a new 30 foot statue of Nelson Mandela.

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2. The statue was erected as part of South Africa’s Day of Reconciliation celebrations.

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3. The statue is made of bronze and depicts Mandela with his hands reaching outward. It is meant to show that he had embraced the whole nation.

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4. President Zuma spoke to the media after unveiling the statue, and at Mandela’s funeral on Sunday, had said: “As your journey ends today, ours must continue in earnest… South Africa will continue to rise because we dare not fail you.”

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5. The national flag has been raised from its half-mast position, and is was flying as normal.

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