Sanco welcomes Mandela statue in Palestine

2016-04-27 17:50
Palestinians take part in a ceremony to unveil a sculpture of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. (Nasser Nasser, AP)

Palestinians take part in a ceremony to unveil a sculpture of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. (Nasser Nasser, AP)

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Johannesburg – The SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) has hailed the unveiling of a six-metre statue of struggle icon and former president Nelson Mandela in the city of Ramallah, Palestine.

The statue, a donation from the City of Johannesburg to Ramallah, represents a symbol of solidarity with the people of Palestine.

Sanco spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu said on Wednesday that the statue would remind the people of Palestine that they shared similar struggles with the people of South Africa.

"While it will inspire the Palestinians in their pursuit of freedom and justice, it will also remind us of our obligation towards supporting efforts to end the conflict in the Middle East and contributing towards development."

Mahlangu commended Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau for taking steps to "strengthen relations between Johannesburg and Ramallah and advancing Madiba's legacy".

"Madiba remains a symbol of international solidarity against racism, injustice and repression. He taught us that peace and prosperity, tranquillity and security are only possible if these are enjoyed by all without discrimination.”

The unveiling comes after a mission led by the South African Local Government Association (Salga) to Ramallah in November 2014.

The purpose of that visit was to attend the International Conference of Local Authorities in Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

The visit culminated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Johannesburg and Ramallah in Salga's bid to promote international city-to-city relations and collaborations.

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