Producer of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Anant Singh, has criticised the decision to temporarily remove the statue of former President Nelson Mandela at the City Hall in Cape Town. The statue was removed for an international film shoot. Yesterday, the 11th of February marked the 29th anniversary of Mandela’s release from prison. He then later made his first public speech from the balcony of City Hall. The statue was built and placed there to commemorate the day. It has however since been put back. Singh believes there was no reason to remove the piece in the first place: “It think the idea of removing it and especially as we celebrated the 29th anniversary of Madiba’s release yesterday and and it was such a historic day and he was in that exact position removing it was something I felt was a bit unnecessary. Especially as a film maker these are kinda things that we can deal with in post-production and digitally remove it after it was shot.”
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