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2 Nov 2018
8:40 pm

Premier wants R8.2m Mandela statue fixed so that it actually looks like him


The Mpumalanga government is getting tired of everyone moaning about the tribute to the late leader.

The statue of the late Dr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela at the Government Complex in Mbombela.

The statue was created and erected by  government outside the provincial legislature in Mbombela in September at a cost of R8.2 million.

Mncwango said Mtshweni noted a number of deficiencies shortly after the statue was officially unveiled.

“People have been voicing their displeasure on social media that the statue does not resemble the former president, and others have been telling the premier directly,” said Mncwango.

“The premier further asked honourable MEC Shongwe to enforce remedial action aimed at addressing the inconsistencies within 30 days. This is because the statue has failed in its intended objective to pay homage to the legacy of former president Nelson Mandela.

“The premier respects the opinions and the perceptions people have about the statue, and is calling for calm and patience as she is dealing with the matter.”

Spokeswoman for the department of arts and culture Sibongile Nkosi on Friday confirmed the government had spent R8.2 million on the statue.

“We are engaging the service provider and looking at the ways in which we can fix the statue. That money [R8.2 million] was not spent on the erection of the statue only, but on many other things, including its design,” said Nkosi.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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