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Cape Town to spend R3.5m on Mandela statue

Yasmeen Osman | 18 April 2017

The legacy of Nelson Mandela is everlasting, and the City of Cape Town will soon prove that.

Cape Town plans to honour former president Nelson Mandela. And what better way to do that than with a R3.5 million statue?

The statue will be funded by the Western Cape government while the city will spend R1.3 million on a permanent exhibition. This money will go towards operational costs and ongoing maintenance of the exhibition and statue.

The statue will stand on the Cape Town City Hall balcony. So why City Hall’s balcony of all places?

That’s the place where Mandela gave his first public speech after he was released from the then Victor Verster Prison on 11 February, 1990.

cape town city hall

Cape Town City Hall (iStock)

It is opposite this balcony where almost 50‚000 South Africans gathered on the Grand Parade to celebrate Madiba’s release from prison after 27 years.

The exhibition at City Hall will have interpretive panels, audiovisual equipment and interactive displays. All to immortalise Tata Madiba.

The public will have a say in how Mandela is honoured. Residents of Cape Town have been encouraged to share their views about the matter.

People on social media have not wasted any time in showing how unhappy they are about the expensive statue.

Many took to Twitter to voice their opinions and call the statue a waste of money, especially since there are already two big statues of Mandela in South Africa. One is at the Union Buildings in Pretoria and the other at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton.

What are your thoughts on the Nelson Mandela statue and exhibition?

(Featured Image: Getty Images)

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