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Mandela to make his mark on our money

SOCIAL networks were abuzz at the weekend over the decision to use Nelson Mandela’s image on all of the country’s banknotes.

While most users praised the move, some questioned why other liberation heroes weren’t also being honoured.

REPLACING ANIMALS: President Zuma displays one of the new banknotes. Picture : Sizwe Ndingane. Credit: INL SA

The new notes were unveiled by President Jacob Zuma on Saturday – the 22nd anniversary of Mandela’s release from prison.

Zuma said the gesture was a fitting tribute to Mandela, a symbol of the country’s struggle for freedom and democracy.

“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,” Zuma said. – Sapa

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