- Mar 26, 2010
More at: https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/government/2058477/ethekwini-slams-those-opposed-to-r20m-statues-as-being-against-black-unity/Two new statues of struggle icons by artist Lungelo Gumede will be erected later this year.
Two new statues of Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo which will be erected in Durban this year will set the city back R20 million, eNCA reports.
The statues will be the work of artist Lungelo Gumede, already well known for, among other works, four bronze statues of former presidents Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, and Jacob Zuma, as well as current president Cyril Ramaphosa, which currently grace Durban’s M4 highway.
According to The Sunday Tribune, those statues were a mere R1.9 million. Why the next two will cost so much more is unclear.
While reports that the two statues had been commissioned have been reported on for at least a year, their steep R20 million price tag appears to be news to many South Africans. An article in KwaZulu-Natal’s Mercury in March 2018 reported the value of the statues was even higher at R21 million, adding that R14 million would need to be diverted from other projects by the municipality to make it happen.