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Mandela's replica Robben Island cell arrives in Qunu

The replica cell will later be taken to the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha where it will be housed.

The Robben Island replica cell will form part of an exhibition at the Mandela Museum in Mthata. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG -Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says the arrival of a replica of Nelson Mandela's cell on Robben Island in Qunu is like bringing the rest of him home to his ancestral village.

The replica cell will be housed at the Nelson Mandela Museum at the Bhunga Building in Mthatha.

Today marks the one year anniversary of the global icon's death.

Mapisa-Nqakula earlier shared fond memories of Madiba, telling a packed marquee the former president was present during the birth of one of her children.

At the handover of the cell, the minister told onlookers it looks exactly like the original.

Meanwhile, Mandela's ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has been shying away from the media spotlight amid a court battle for Madiba's Qunu home.

While she did not attend the official commemoration event at the Mandela museum in the Eastern Cape, Eyewitness News can confirm she has now arrived in the village.

She is expected to pay a low-key visit to the Madiba Museum in Qunu tomorrow.

She did not attend the official memorial service for Mandela in Freedom Park in Pretoria.

EWN understands she is in Qunu to see the replica of Madiba's cell.

Many locals became emotional when they saw the cell in which Mandela was held for 27 years.

Meanwhile, acting president Cyril Ramaphosa says if more people behaved like Madiba, the country would be a lot safer for women and children.

Ramaphosa said Mandela identified the humanity in every South African and relied upon it to inspire his dream of reconciliation.

Ramaphosa said at the country's most difficult time, Mandela identified the nation's weaknesses and failures.

He said Madiba believed in equality for all.

"Nelson Mandela taught us that people come first. Not just some people but all the people."

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