Man­dela ‘unity’ statue un­veiled

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - By THOMAS MUKOYA in PRE­TO­RIA Reuters

A 9- me­ter bronze statue of Nel­son Man­dela with his arms out­stretched to sym­bol­ize unity and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion was un­veiled in South Africa on Mon­day, a day af­ter the na­tion buried the for­mer pres­i­dent and anti-apartheid hero.

The 4.5 met­ric ton statue is the largest of Man­dela cre­ated in the world and was in­au­gu­rated on the lawn of South Africa’s hill­top Union Build­ings, the seat of the cen­tral gov­ern­ment, over­look­ing the cap­i­tal Pre­to­ria.

Man­dela died at age 95 on Dec 5 in Jo­han­nes­burg and was buried on Sun­day in his home vil­lage of Qunu in East­ern Cape prov­ince fol­low­ing 10 days of emo­tion­charged mourn­ing.

“We laid Tata to rest in Qunu only yes­ter­day. To­day, he rises ma­jes­ti­cally at the seat of gov­ern­ment, as a sym­bol of peace, rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, unity and progress,” South African Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma said at the un­veil­ing.

“Tata” is the Xhosa word for fa­ther, and Man­dela is revered as the fa­ther of the new South Africa born from the end of apartheid in 1994 when he be­came the na­tion’s first black pres­i­dent.

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