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Monday, November 18, 2013

South African President Opens Nelson Mandela Memorial Center

Pretoria, Nov 18.- President Jacob Zuma has opened the Nelson Mandela Memorial Center in Johannesburg after visiting the veteran antiapartheid leader, who has been hospitalized for the last six months.

Others present at the ceremony included Mandela's wife, Graca Machel; his grandson, Mandla Mandela; antiapartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, and former minister and Nelson Mandela Foundation trustee Tokyo Sexwale.

Mandla Mandela said he was looking forward to the public finally getting the opportunity to see his grandfather's legacy.

The memorial will exhibit hundreds of historical archives related to Mandela's life, pictures from former offices, a great number of publications, and the Nobel Peace Prize he was awarded in 2003.

When asked about Mandela's health, Zuma said that his condition remained "stable but critical, and responding to treatment." (Prensa Latina)