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Mandela 'unity' statue unveiled

Updated: 2013-12-17 07:16
By Thomas Mukoya in Pretoria ( China Daily)

A 9-meter bronze statue of Nelson Mandela with his arms outstretched to symbolize unity and reconciliation was unveiled in South Africa on Monday, a day after the nation buried the former president and anti-apartheid hero.

The 4.5 metric ton statue is the largest of Mandela created in the world and was inaugurated on the lawn of South Africa's hilltop Union Buildings, the seat of the central government, overlooking the capital Pretoria.

Mandela died at age 95 on Dec 5 in Johannesburg and was buried on Sunday in his home village of Qunu in Eastern Cape province following 10 days of emotion-charged mourning.

Mandela 'unity' statue unveiled