Mandela bust unveiled at Parliament

By Drum Digital
28 April 2014

The bust of former president Nelson Mandela unveiled at Parliament.

The bust of former president Nelson Mandela unveiled at Parliament on Monday shows how far South Africa's democracy has come in a short space of time, President Jacob Zuma said.

Not many years ago it would have been unthinkable, because under apartheid Mandela was considered an enemy of the state.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony and launch of the 20 years of a democratic Parliament programme, Zuma said Parliament would continue to promote Mandela's legacy.

"By unveiling the statue, Parliament has declared we will continue to walk in Madiba's footsteps... and honour his legacy."

Zuma also paid tribute to former president FW de Klerk, who formed part of the unveiling ceremony.

"Through him we were able to make a breakthrough to create the conditions for our new democracy."

As the last president of apartheid South Africa, De Klerk had put the country first, and had played a pivotal role in averting a disaster in South Africa, he said.

Zuma urged South Africans to celebrate democracy and freedom by voting for the party of their choice in the May 7 general election.

-by Sapa

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