The Mandela Odyssey

  • The Unveiling Of The Nelson Mandela Statue

    The Unveiling Of The Nelson Mandela Statue

    PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 16: Members of the general public leave the Union buildings after viewing a newly unveiled statue of Former South African president Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings on December 16, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. The statue was dedicated on the day after the burial of Nelson Mandela in his home village of Qunu on December 15, 2013. Nelson Mandela passed away on the evening of December 5, 2013 at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. December 16 is celebrated in South Africa as Reconciliation Day and marks several significant events in South African history. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)