Nelson Mandela Museum postpones the unveiling of Nelson Mandela’s statue

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In light of the passing of iNkosi Ngangomhlaba Matanzima and that the AbaThembu Nation is in mourning, a decision by the Nelson Mandela Museum has been made to postpone the unveiling of the Nelson Mandela Statue. The unveiling of the statue was scheduled to take place on the 28th of February 2022.

The decision to postpone the event was after deliberation with the Office of the Minister in the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and Nelson Mandela Family. The Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Museum Mr. Bonke Tyhulu stated that the decision was made to ensure that we give respect and support to the Matanzima Family and the AbaThembu Nation during the time of mourning.

“The Museum has taken the decision to postpone the event and pay respect to iNkosi Ngangomhlaba Matanzima, a selfless and exemplary leader. 

iNkosi Matanzima and President Nelson Mandela come from the same Royal Family with Matanzima being the Mandela’s nephew by law and custom. They both championed the ethical and moral values for the country of South Africa. For these reasons it has been pertinent to take time to assess the situation and ensure that we make the right decision and postpone”.

The museum will communicate the new date of the unveiling of the statue, after proper consultations with all the relevant stakeholders.

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