Police car dents Mandela bust

2014-04-30 14:06

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The bust of former president Nelson Mandela was slightly damaged when a police car reversed into it, Parliament said.

“The area around the bust is a security zone where no ordinary cars are allowed to park,” it said today.

“The secretary to Parliament, Mr Michael Coetzee, is following up on this morning’s incident, which resulted in the right shoulder of the bust being slightly dented and scratched.”

The bust was removed for repairs and was expected to be back in place tomorrow. President Jacob Zuma had unveiled it on Monday.

The bust is cast in bronze and stands on a granite plinth. It depicts Mandela smiling slightly and looking out over Stalplein to the Parliament gates leading to Plein Street, opposite the steps of the National Assembly building.

It is 2.28m high when placed on its plinth and is tall enough to be seen from Plein Street, but does not dominate the space.

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