— CapricornFM News (@CapricornFMNews) November 2, 2018
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.
I believe that Nelson Mandela would have objected to his statue that has just been erected in Nelspruit. He would have told the provincial government to prioritise service delivery to the masses. https://t.co/k38g3em8rK
— Mandla Mbanjwa (@MandlaSpeaks) October 31, 2018
“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.”
— Magau Mulisa ???????? (@MulisaMagau) October 30, 2018
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)