A rabbit has been hidden in right ear of the newly erected Nelson Mandela statue at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. The sculptors of the nine metre bronze-plated statue, Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren, secretly added the rabbit to the work.
The duo have said the rabbit was a “small trademark” of their work after the department of arts and culture did not allow them to engrave their signatures on bottom of the trouser leg of the statue. They said it also represented the tight deadline they were working under as rabbit in Afrikaans “haas” also means haste.
Recall that the struggle against the apartheid was fought against the Afrikaans in power. Africa Thisday is just wondering if this is not the Afrikaner’s way of making Mandela’s struggle a joke after the legend’s death.
Reports say that they have tendered an apology for their expensive joke.