City of Cape Town unveils million rand Mandela statue

The statue of Nelson Mandela was unveiled on Tuesday in Cape Town to mark the Mandela centenary.

The Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille will head the unveiling ceremony of a bronze statue Mandela at 3pm.

The statue will be positioned on the balcony of the City Hall where Nelson Mandela stood when he gave his first address as a free man on 11 February 1990.

Mayor Patricia de Lille speaks to CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson about why the City has decided to channel funds to building a statue that costs R1.3 million.

Read: City to create Madiba Legacy Route worth R3.5 million

We must remember that former president Nelson Mandela is a global icon and that so much of his life tied to Cape Town.

Patricia de Lille, City of Cape Town mayor

In order to celebrate his life and contribution to this country as well as his 100 years birthday, the City of Cape Town and Western Cape government will be unveiling a statue of the father of our nation

Patricia de Lille, City of Cape Town mayor

It is very difficult to put a price to the freedom that we enjoy today becasue many people have died and sadly Tata Madiba had to go into exile so he his really the father of our nation.

Patricia de Lille, City of Cape Town mayor

The statue will also serve as constant reminder of that historical day and the many years of sacrifice which led to that day when he was freed and later addressed thousands of Capetonians at the City Hall balcony.

Patricia de Lille, City of Cape Town mayor

To hear the rest of the conversation with Mayor Patricia de Lille, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : City of Cape Town unveils million rand Mandela statue


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