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Giant statue of Nelson Mandela goes up in Pretoria

The latest tribute to Madiba stands proud in front of Union buildings.

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Image: AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

AS THE BODY of Nelson Mandela lies in state for the third and final day ahead of his funeral on Sunday, a more permanent tribute to the founding father of the ‘Rainbow Nation’ is raised in Pretoria.

The giant statue of the former South Africa president, referred to affectionately as Madiba, will stand in front of the Union buildings.

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Image: AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

There are already a number of dedicated monuments to Mandela in his homeland including this statue at Nelson Mandela square in Sandton, Johannesburg:

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Image: AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

This statue depicts Mandela through a series of bevelled posts – it stands near Howick in South Africa:

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Image: AP Photo/John Robinson

This one is at Cape Town:

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Image: AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht

Visitors mimic the pose of this Mandela statue outside the Groot Drakenstein correctional facility near the town of Franschhoek, South Africa:

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Image: AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam

And, of course, a bust of Mandela is watchful at the entrance to Robben Island ferry departure point at the V&A waterfront in Cape Town:

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Image: AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam

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