South Africa unveils unity statue to honour Nelson Mandela

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A nine metre-high bronze statue of Nelson Mandela with his arms outstretched to symbolise unity and reconciliation was unveiled in Pretoria on Monday, a day after the multi-racial nation buried its former president and anti-apartheid hero.
The inauguration coincided with December 16 Reconciliation Day, a public holiday commemorating the ideal of national reconciliation that Mandela preached after his release in 1990 from the apartheid prisons where he had spent 27 years.
“Madiba” is the Xhosa clan name by which Mandela was affectionately known.
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