Dali Tambo in Mandela statue scandal

2014-04-13 08:13
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Cape Town - Dali Tambo, son of ANC stalwart Oliver Tambo, is caught up in a tender controversy over a bronze bust that honours Nelson Mandela.

According to the Sunday Times, it has emerged that Tambo’s company Koketso Growth has been named in a parliamentary legal opinion as having been given the go-ahead to erect the statue, worth R1.8m, without having followed the required tender process.

The newspaper reports that the tender procedure was not followed as parliament deemed the cost – which has increased to R2.6m – as an emergency expenditure ahead of the country’s 20th anniversary of democracy.

The bust, which  was erected at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, is due to be unveiled on 28 April.

Rabbit in statue's ear

This is however, not the first time the statue has caused a stir. Earlier this year it made headlines when it was discovered that the sculptors had inserted a rabbit inside the statue’s left ear.

In January, the sculptors Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren, apologised and said the rabbit was a "small trademark" of their work. The department accepted the apology, saying their intentions were honourable.

The statue was unveiled by President Jacob Zuma on 16 December, the day after Mandela's funeral. It was also part of the annual celebrations of Reconciliation Day and the commemoration of the centenary of the Union Buildings.

Mandela died at his Houghton, Johannesburg, home on 5 December at the age of 95.

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