11.02.2012. Today saw the announcement by President Jacob Zuma of a new bank notes ,the currency will have the same denominations, sizes and colours but the front of all notes will carry a specially designed engraving of former President Nelson Mandela. The reverse side of each denomination will have an image of one of the big five. Picture : Sizwe Ndingane

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.

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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