UN’s António Guterres: Mandela statue will be inspiration to all
Sculpted by Andre Otto and Andre Prinsloo, the Nelson Mandela statue at the UN headquarters is based on a picture taken of the former president in 1994.
NEW YORK - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres says a statue of Nelson Mandela that’s been unveiled at the UN will be an inspiration to all who walk through the doors of the organising body’s headquarters in New York.
President Cyril Ramaphosa helped unveil the 1.9-metre statue in the company of Graca Machel and various South African Cabinet ministers.
Sculpted by Andre Otto and Andre Prinsloo, who were also behind the Madiba statue at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the Nelson Mandela statue at the United Nations is based on a picture taken of the former president in 1994.
“When Mandela was at the UN with open hands and he had a blessing for the whole of the world.”
Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa says it’s a tangible reminder for people of the values Madiba stood for.
“Values of peace, friendship and selflessness, and this we hope that the whole will inspire the world.”
The statue will be permanently housed in the UN Visitors Centre.
Meanwhile, Ramaphosa has said Mandela will forever hold a special place in the world for his dedication to peace and his legacy of forgiveness.
Ramaphosa told delegates that 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.
President @CyrilRamaphosa, President of the UN General Assembly, Ms Maria Espinosa and UN Secretary General Mr António Guterres unveiling the Nelson Mandela Statue at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. #UNGA #Mandela100 #BetterAfricaBetterWorld pic.twitter.com/4iuk83RJWK— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) September 24, 2018
Additional reporting by Sifiso Zulu.
(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)