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Photo Ian Carbutt/News24
Photo Ian Carbutt/News24

On 5 December 2013, statesman and struggle icon Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela died. In recognition of his extraordinary life and impact on the world, many statues have been erected in his honour.

Fittingly, some of the best Mandela statues are in South Africa, but you will also find him in London, New York, Brazil, and elsewhere. 

These are some of our favourite statues of the man affectionately known as Madiba.

The dancing Madiba in Sandton, South Africa

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Parliament in Cape Town

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The 2.8 metre bronze bust rests outside Parliament in Cape Town. 

United Nations Headquarters in New York

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President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the General Assembly, Ms Maria Espinosa and Secretary-General Guterres unveiling the Nelson Mandela Statue at the UN Headquarters in New York.  

The Drakenstein Correctional Centre, between Paarl and Franschhoek

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Outside the Drakenstein Correctional Centre. 

Ramallah, West Bank in Palestine

Mandela Capture Precinct outside Howick

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Photo Ian Carbutt/News24
Photo Ian Carbutt/News24

Construction workers put finishing touches to the Nelson Mandela statue at the Mandela Capture Precinct outside Howick. 

Union Buildings, Pretoria Phetolo Motloutsi City Press

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The Nelson Mandela statue at Union Buildings, Pretoria. 

South Bank in London

Mandela bust london
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The SA embassy in Washington

SA embassy Washington Mary F. Calvert
SA embassy Washington Mary F. Calvert
SA embassy Washington Mary F. Calvert

The nine-foot statue of former South African President Nelson Mandela is unveiled outside South Africa's newly renovated embassy in Washington, September 21, 2013. 

Chancellor House, Johannesburg 

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This 6 meter statue of Madiba shadow boxing was unveiled in front of Chancellor House and the Johannesburg magistrate court on Fox street. 

The Liberdade area in Salvador, in the Northeast of Brazil

The statue of Former South African President Nelso
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Parliament Square, London

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On the night after the unveiling, on 29 August 2007, an unknown person went and placed a South African scarf around the Mandela Statue as a symbol of South African pride. The scarf stayed in place around Madiba’s neck for months and become a reasonable well known accessory of the Mandela statue. It was eventually taken by a tourist as a souvenir. On a visit to London, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize decided that with the London winter being extremely cold this year, that Madiba might need his South African scarf back. At the end of Dr Mkhize week-long official trip in London he went to visit the struggle icon to wish him good health and importantly, to replace the original. 


The Hague

Mandela statue at The Hague
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Mvezo Komkhulu Museum

Nelson Mandela statue at Mvezo Komkhulu Museum
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Now read: We visited Nelson Mandela’s perfectly preserved office that features a massive book collection – and a herd of cows

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