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Ramaphosa unveils Madiba statue at UN headquarters

The president says he hopes the 1.9-metre sculpture will serve as a constant reminder of the role Mandela played in advocating for peace.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has unveiled a statue of Madiba at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Heritage Day. Picture: @PresidencyZA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa says the late Nelson Mandela will forever hold a special place in the world for his dedication to peace and his legacy of forgiveness.

The president has unveiled a statue of Madiba at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York on Heritage Day.

Ramaphosa has told delegates he hopes the 1.9-metre sculpture will serve as a constant reminder to the international community of the role Mandela played in advocating for peace.

“For those of us gathered here at the United Nations, Nelson Mandela will forever hold a special place in our hearts because of his dedication to the service of humanity and the promotion of peace throughout the world.”

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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