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Mandela statue a symbol: Zuma

By Sapa  | Dec 14, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 44 ]

A giant statue of former president Nelson Mandela unveiled in Bloemfontein should serve as a symbol of reconciliation and tolerance, ANC president Jacob Zuma said.

“It should, true to Madiba’s values, forever be a symbol of the country’s reconciliation and tolerance as a nation,” said Zuma in Bloemfontein in the Free State.

“We know Tata Mandela to be a humble person, a principled leader whose life of selfless dedication to the cause of equality, freedom and dignity for all continues to be a source of inspiration to all South Africans and indeed to all of humanity.”  Colourful balloons filled the air as Zuma removed a black sheet covering the 6.5m bronze statue of Mandela on Naval Hill.

The unveiling came ahead of schedule as rain affected the official programme.

Guests were accommodated in a big white tent behind the statue.

Mandela’s statue looks in the direction of Waaihoek, where the ANC was established 100 years ago.

Zuma said with the statue overlooking Mangaung, Mandela was once again honoured for his “towering vision and stature”, his commitment, leadership and dedication to the struggle against apartheid.

He said the statue would remind South African the path it’s citizens had travelled in the struggle to be free.

“It reminds us of our journey from the birth of the African National Congress here in Mangaung in 1912, to the democratic elections in 1994, and now, this year, the centenary of the ANC, the oldest liberation movement in Africa.”  The ANC president said the statue should also remind South Africa that its freedom should be handled with care by all, not just the government.

Zuma said people should keep on talking about Mandela and tell the real story of Madiba.

“If you honour him, you honour us. May the statue inspire all.” 

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Great statue! I .just hope we never ever have to have a JZ statue anywhere in this country!
We don't want statues with penis.es hanging out.
JZ doesn't deserve a statue. Ever. He's a liar and a crook who is addicted to sex.

Still amazes me how he is president?! Do his supporters condone his cheating on his wives numerous times, fathering kids with Iron Dukes kid, sleeping with prostitutes ans swindling money and doing dodgy deals.
Obviously, with a leader like this...if he can do it so can we, so keep him in.
Dangerous.

Dec 17, 2012 9:16 | 0 replies

Come on guys ale emeng ka matlapa. Everyone knows that Dr Rolihlahla Mandela did not struggle alone. There are a whole range of other leaders who have struggled and have been honoured as well. Please give the old man a break. He needs it especially in this time of the year.

Dec 14, 2012 10:33 | 0 replies

previouse apartheid state used Mandela as a shield because they wer aware that majority of ANC ppl at those times admired each others and Mandela was the scape boat for those white racist ppl at those times cause they knew that anything MANDELA says will be respected and heared irrespective of any situation weda ppl like Steve Biko or Onkgopotse Tiro wer brutally killed meant nothing and im suprised that Mandela never touched the issue of land wen he was released, SO other than 27 years Mandela stayed in jail wat excatly did he do for the SAns?cause brave ppl passed away fighting fo freedom we enjoy today including Mandela himself is enjoying the freedom that wer fought by those freedom fighters who are no longer with us..Mandela is a traitor and he enjoy the attention he dont deserve. and the issue of armsdeal, mandela foundation benefited including the wife too.but nothing is been said about that.why? MANDELA was released bcos previouse state was in the spot light after the issue of june 16 and the world was paying attention to this country due to those killings and aparthied state knew that Mandela wont be that effective wen they release him bcos of AGE too.

Dec 14, 2012 10:29 | 0 replies

@KatakataEmaotoAditshepe
@Shredder
Wena o tla lla wena sonny.
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Ok. ke a go utlwa Katakata. Ne ke akanya gore o thelletse leleme.

Dec 14, 2012 10:7 | 0 replies

This thing (zuma) isn't my president and will never be, Never I say.

Dec 14, 2012 10:1 | 0 replies

next week the ANC is going to start a church in the name of Mandela so we all go and worship him.

Dec 14, 2012 9:57 | 0 replies

Nazo ke futhi....everything is Mandela…as if alone was a freedom fighter. The truth has never been told…Zuma is telling us lies…and his statue will be in Nkandla.

Dec 14, 2012 9:57 | 0 replies

Mandela is not a god. the ANC is trying make a man a god.

please spare us this constant drivel, its becoming irritating now. everywhere I look its all up in my face

fcuk this

Dec 14, 2012 9:55 | 0 replies

This ANC #s*cks# what about Robert Sobukwe, How many statues are there in RSA for Madiba

Dec 14, 2012 9:53 | 0 replies

@Shredder
KatakataEmaotoAditshepe
@Shredder

ANC never gets tired of spamming us. Haish!!
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Dec 14, 2012 9:45 | 0 replies

T.C.T - I normally read your posts with interest and most the time you make sense. Today you seem to be out of the rail.

Dec 14, 2012 10:39 | 0 replies