Zuma arrives for Mandela sculpture unveiling

2012-08-04 11:45
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Howick - President Jacob Zuma arrived to singing and ululating at the unveiling of former president Nelson Mandela's sculpture in Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on Saturday.

"This is Zuma my president," people sang.

Attending the ceremony was premier Zweli Mkhize, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube, Economic Development and Tourism MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu, speaker of the provincial legislature Peggy Nkonyeni, chairperson of the Apartheid Museum John Kani and Mandela's grandson Zwelivelile.

The multi-million rand monument would be mounted where Mandela was arrested before he was incarcerated for 27 years on Robben Island.

On 5 August 1962 Mandela was arrested by apartheid security forces on the R103, just 3km outside Howick.

The unveiling marks 50 years since Mandela was arrested and charged for treason in the Rivonia Trial at the end of which Mandela and several others were sentenced to life imprisonment.

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