Mandela statue for Washington

The statue is a replica of the one outside the Groot Drakenstein correctional facility.

A statue of Nelson Mandela in Bloemfontein which was unveiled on Naval Hill in December 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/ EWN

NEW YORK - A statue of former President Nelson Mandela will be unveiled in Washington DC this weekend.

Several dignitaries and civil rights groups are expected to attend the unveiling of the nine foot sculpture.

The statue is a replica of one that stands outside the Groot Drakenstein correctional facility in Cape Town, formerly known as the Victor Verster prison.

The prison was home to Madiba for the last 14 months of his incarceration.

The statue will be situated in front of the South African Embassy, which was the site of several demonstrations against apartheid by US civil rights groups during the mid-1980's.

Civil rights leaders are expected to join ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete and Mandela's daughter Zindzi at the unveiling.