Does this UN statue look like Nelson Mandela? These tweeps don't seem to think so

President Cyril Ramaphosa, UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa and Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres attend the unveiling ceremony of the Nelson Mandela Statue at the United Nations in New York.  (AFP)
President Cyril Ramaphosa, UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa and Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres attend the unveiling ceremony of the Nelson Mandela Statue at the United Nations in New York. (AFP)

A statue of former president Nelson Mandela was unveiled at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York on Monday.

This forms part of the UN declaring 2019 to 2028 as the "Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace".

UN secretary general António Guterres described Mandela as a man who "embodied the highest values of the United Nations – peace, forgiveness, compassion and human dignity".

President Cyril Ramaphosa said: "For the government and people of South Africa, the enthusiasm with which the international community has embraced the celebration of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela is truly humbling." 

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But not all "people of South Africa" seemed content with the statue and took to Twitter to complain that the statue didn't resemble Madiba at all. 

Twitter user @Abraham59595959 said the statue "looks like it was made by Motsepe's 5-year-old nephew. No resemblance to #Mandela at all. Another #ANC tender gone wrong?"

Another user, @AllenTTrading, tweeted: "If I were @CyrilRamaphosa I would have refused to part-take on this nonsense. This statue does not even look like Mandela (sic)."

This is what other tweeps had to say. 

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