South Africa: New Mandela bust unveiled in Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - A bust of former president Nelson Mandela was unveiled in Cape Town on Monday as part of South Africa’s Freedom Day celebrations.

The annual public holiday commemorates the historic April 27, 1994, first democratic elections when Mandela became the country’s first black president.

The bust is located at the City Hall where the Nobel Laureate made his first public appearance in 1990, following 28 years of incarceration. In his address to a global television audience of many millions, Mandela said: "I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands."

The world statesman died in 2013 at the age of 95.

The bust was made by sculptor Bill Davis who is battling with cancer.

Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille and liberation hero Ahmed Kathrada, who spent many years imprisoned with Mandela on Robben Island, attended the unveiling ceremony.

Addressing a large gathering in Pretoria, President Jacob Zuma saluted South Africa’s transition to democracy, saying “millions of people now have access to education, healthcare and water which they did not have in 1994”.
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