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Helicopters fly past a 9-metre bronze statue of the Nelson Mandela after it was unveiled as part of the Day of Reconciliation Celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria

South African military and police helicopters fly past a 9-metre (30-feet) bronze statue of the late former South African President Nelson Mandela after it was unveiled as part of the Day of Reconciliation Celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria December 16, 2013. The day also marks the commemoration of the centenary of the Union Buildings, one of the most iconic structures in South Africa. The unveiling of the statue on 16 December 2013 is intended as acknowledgement of the contribution of the first president of a democratic South Africa, a symbol of national reconciliation and unity. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Statue of Mandela unveiled as part of the Day of Reconciliation Celebrations

16 December 2013

South Africa has unveiled a giant statue of anti-apartheid fighter Nelson Mandela to cheers and singing at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre (formerly known as the Union Buildings) in Pretoria.

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