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27/07/04
Mandela in Statue Spat
- Mayor and council fight over position of tribute

NELSON MANDELA announced recently that he is to scale back his public appearances, but that hasn't stopped the hammer of apartheid becoming the subject of a public spat in London.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone wants a new statue of Mandela to be placed on the empty fourth plinth on Trafalgar Square, while the local council, Westminster, favour the statue being put outside South Africa House, opposite the square.

The matter has now been handed to Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott for adjudication. One thing Prescott won't rule on is the statue itself which features Mandela in a pose that looks like he has come back from a fishing
trip and is saying, "It was this big!"




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