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article imageNelson Mandela statue unveiled at Union Buildings, Pretoria

By Matthew Hendricks     Dec 16, 2013 in Politics
Pretoria - A 9-metre high statue of Mandela now stands at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. It was unveiled this morning by current president Jacob Zuma.
According to ewn.co.za, the statue cost eight million rands to create and weighs four and a half tons.
The sculptor is Pitika Ntuli, according to southafrica.info.
"You will notice that in all the statues that have been made of Madiba, he is raising his fist and at times stretching it. That derives from the slogan of the ANC," timeslive.co.za reports Zuma as saying at the unveiling.
"This one is different from many. He is stretching out his hands. He is embracing the whole nation. You shouldn't say this is not Madiba because we know him with his one (raised) hand."
The statue of James Barry Munnik (JBM) Hertzog was moved to another location at the Union Buildings to make way for this latest addition, reports skynews.com.au.
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