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Nelson Mandela statue unveiled at UN

PICUTRED: President Cyril Ramaphosa presents the life-size statue of Nelson Mandela to the United Nations on behalf of the government and the people of South Africa. (Photo credit: The Presidency via Twitter)

A LIFE-size statue of former South African president and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela has been unveiled at the UN's headquarters in New York.

The statue created by South African sculptors Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren was revealed at a ceremony by South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa.

He said: "We trust that this statue will remain a constant reminder to the international community of the dedication of Nelson Mandela to the mission of the UN and a constant affirmation of South Africa’s commitment to contribute to a better world for all.

"We trust that this statue will remain a constant reminder to the international community of the dedication of Nelson Mandela to the mission of the UN and a constant affirmation of South Africa’s commitment to contribute to a better world for all."

The South African presidency added: "At 1.8 metres tall‚ the Nelson Mandela Statue is the only life-size statue at the United Nations headquarters‚ signifying the role he played in unifying the world under the banner of peace and conflict resolution."

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