Zuma to unveil Madiba statue at Union Buildings


President Jacob Zuma is expected to unveil a bronze statue of former president Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings.

Thousands of people queued to see Nelson Mandela lying in state at the Union Building. (Reuters)

President Jacob Zuma is due to unveil a statue of former president Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings, in Pretoria, on Monday.

"The unveiling, taking place just a day after the burial of the former president signals the start of celebrating and living the late Madiba's legacy and the end of the mourning period," presidency spokeperson Mac Maharaj said on Sunday.

"The statue is expected to draw large numbers of people to the Union Buildings."

Monday, which is the Day of Reconciliation, also marks the commemoration of the centenary of the Union Buildings. 

Last week, government said the bronze statue was nine metres high.

On Tuesday, Zuma used the national memorial service for Madiba to announce the renaming of the Union Buildings' amphitheatre to honour Mandela.

Mandela died on December 5 at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, at the age of 95. He was buried at his childhood village in Qunu on Sunday. – Sapa

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