22 years after giving SA a new face, Mandela to feature on currency

New South African banknotes to feature former Presidents face to honour his struggle against apartheid.


Reuters February 11, 2012

PRETORIA: Nelson Mandela, who changed the course for millions of South Africans, will now have his face featured on all South Africa's bank notes to honour the former president's role in fighting apartheid, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.      

The announcement coincides with the 22nd anniversary of Mandela's release from prison after serving 27 years in jail for his opposition to white-only rule.

"It is a befitting tribute to a man who became a symbol of this country's struggle for freedom, human rights and democracy," Zuma said.

"With this humble gesture, we are expressing our deep gratitude as the South African people, to a life spent in service of the people of this country and in the cause of humanity worldwide."

News on Friday that Zuma would make an announcement of "national importance", along with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus, spooked the market and sent the rand tumbling as much as 2.6 percent on the day. Marcus apologised for the confusion.

The new notes featuring Mandela, who became South Africa's first democratically elected president in 1994, will be in circulation by the end of the year.

The frail 93-year-old has not been seen in public since the closing ceremony of the Soccer World Cup in Johannesburg in July 2010.

COMMENTS (17)

BruteForce | 9 years ago | Reply @Visibly Invisible: If you are satisfied with that inherent contradiction then it's fine with me. But, Pakistanis talking about people like Mandela and Martin Luther King without realising that they are followers of a man whom the founder of Pakistan despised seems very funny to me.
Sami Baloch | 9 years ago | Reply

I'm confused to term any of our country's leaders as Mandela.

Whether to call them the Mandela or Hitler?

Or we're born unlucky to have anyone like him?

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