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Mandela bust unveiled at parliament

The bust of former president Nelson Mandela unveiled at Parliament on Monday shows how far South Africa’s democracy has come in a short space of time, President Jacob Zuma said as SA observed its Freedom Day holiday

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony and launch of the 20 years of a democratic Parliament programme, Zuma said Parliament would continue to promote Mandela’s legacy.

“By unveiling the statue, Parliament has declared we will continue to walk in Madiba’s footsteps… and honour his legacy.”

Zuma urged South Africans to celebrate democracy and freedom by voting for the party of their choice in the May 7 general election.

According to a statement issued by Parliament, the bust – in bronze on a granite plinth – depicts Mandela smiling slightly and looking out over Stalplein to the Parliament gates leading to Plein Street, opposite the steps of the National Assembly building.

Source: News24

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