The African National Congress (ANC) was puzzled by the news that one of the most iconic statues of Nelson Mandela located at the City Hall of Cape Town was removed. According to the reports, the City has transported the sculpture because of an international movie shoot.
Xolani Sotashe, the ANC chief whip in the City, said that it was not the first time a filming process was held in Cape, however, such efforts had not been made previously.
“As ANC in the council we are very much disturbed. To remove the statue without us knowing says a lot. We want to know who authorised that the statue be temporarily relocated and brought back without the people knowing. Imagine tourists who come in here to view Mandela’s statue and find him not there. This is disrespecting the people of the Western Cape and the ANC,“ he said.
Moreover, the incident happened exactly 29 years later Mandela was released from life imprisonment. On the 11th of February 1990, he addressed to the public in Cape Town, starting his speech with the words “I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy, and freedom for all”.