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Madiba bust for Cape Town City Hall

The bust was erected inside City Hall where Madiba gave his first speech as a free man.

Nelson Mandela’s bust now stands inside Cape Town's City Hall. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A bust of Nelson Mandela has been unveiled in the Cape Town city center.

The bust has been erected inside City Hall where Madiba gave his first speech as a free man.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said Madiba's legacy should be celebrated particularly on Freedom Day.

"On this day we must all recommit ourselves to keep that flame of hope alive in our country. Significant of this country City of Cape Town who always had a close affinity to Nelson Mandela because he spent more than 27 years in Cape Town."

The sculptor Bill Davis completed the bust while battling with cancer.

Struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada was among the small group of people that has gathered for the unveiling ceremony.

Meanwhile, Gugulethu residents have commemorated Freedom Day by gathering to pray for the victims of xenophobia.

South Africans across the country are marking 21 years since the first democratic elections.

A community hall in Gugulethu is packed to capacity with community members who have come to celebrate Freedom Day.

The Ilitha Labantu Interfaith Group has organised the event to pray for peace in the wake of the violent xenophobic attacks in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal in recent weeks.

Reverend Vuyani Bawe opened proceedings by praying for those who were violently chased from their homes during the unrest.

"We pray for the children who lost their parents. We pray for the families who lost their loved ones in the xenophobic attacks."

Religious leaders are pleading for tolerance and patience.