- To commemorate its 107th birthday, the ANC erected statues of stalwarts along the M4 in Durban North
- Social media claimed the statue of Thabo Mbeki did not resemble the former president
- The statues sparked controversy on social media as many users questioned why some icons were excluded
A statue of ANC stalwart, Thabo Mbeki, has left social media in utter confusion as the country attempts to figure out who the statue is supposed to be depicting, failing to see any resemblance to the former president.
To celebrate its 107th birthday, the ANC made a rather artistic PR gesture by erecting statutes of ANC struggle icons along the M4 in Durban North, reminding South Africans of the stature and respect that the country once had for the political party.
South African heroes Oliver Tambo, Albertina Sisulu, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Nelson Mandela have been memorialised in stone alongside the likeness of Jacob Zuma, Cyril Ramaphosa and what vaguely appears to be Thabo Mbeki.
The figure positioned between Nelson Mandela and Jacob Zuma is supposedly Thabo Mbeki as his presidency occurred after Mandela and before Zuma, but social media remained unconvinced, claiming the statue looks nothing like Mbeki.
Twitter users dissected the statues, particularly Mbeki, analysing them from all angles to figure out exactly where the resemblances are.
The investigation rendered some humorous results, as some users noted that the Mbeki figure looks more like Jeff Radebe while others found that Madiba looked a little more like Mama Graca.
Twitter also found some controversy in the gesture, arguing that money could be better spent elsewhere and also questioned why Kgalema Motlante was missing in action, found Briefly.co.za
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