NewsSouthern AfricaMandela: A new statue for an African icon


Posted on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:55

Mandela: A new statue for an African icon

By Crystal van Vyk

File Photo©ReutersA new statue in honour of South African icon, Nelson Mandela is set to be unveiled at the country's historic Union Buildings in December.


Speaking on the latest statue, President Jacob Zuma said Mandela was "an integral part of our nation's heritage".

"We are doing these things to thank people of the world for standing with us against apartheid."

We are doing these things to thank people of the world for standing with us against apartheid

At the weekend, Zuma paid a visit to the ailing Mandela at his Houghton home in Johannesburg this weekend.

His spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, said Mandela remained in a stable but critical state.

"The health of the former president remained much the same as it was when President Zuma last visited him, which is stable but critical, while Madiba continues to respond to treatment.

"President Zuma conveyed the well wishes of all South Africans and those of the peoples of the world to the Mandela family and assured them that nations are united in their thoughts and prayers for him."

Zuma also expressed the good wishes of the leaders of the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting to Mandela, said Maharaj.

Earlier this year, Mandela spent almost three months in hospital for a recurring lung infection, before being discharged on September 1 to continue treatment at home.

On Sunday, it was reported that Mandela remained "quite ill" as he convalesced at home.

"The bedroom there [in Houghton] is like an ICU ward. He remains quite ill," his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela told the Sunday Independent.

Madikizela-Mandela said Mandela could no longer speak because of tubes in his mouth to clear fluid off his lungs.

Mandela's grandson, Mandla told a local broadcaster that the family is "overwhelmed" by the prayers and well wishes for his grandfather.

"We thank the people for their prayers for his recovery," he said.

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