South Africa to issue Nelson Mandela banknotes
The South African government has
announced plans to issue a new set of banknotes displaying the image
of former President Nelson Mandela.
South African President
Jacob Zuma said the banknotes would serve as a humble gesture
to convey the people’s deep gratitude to the former president.
During a speech at the
central bank in Pretoria,
President Zuma described Mandela’s release as the beginning of a new era
“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,” he said.
After spending 27 years in
prison, Mandela was released on 11 February 1990 and he became the first black
president in 1994.