All South African bank notes will now feature former anti-apartheid leader and South African president, Nelson Mandela. The announcement was made to coincide with the 22nd anniversary of Mandela’s release from prison, where he served 27 years for fighting against Apartheid.
Mandela was the first President of South Africa after the end of apartheid in 1994. Current president, Jacob Zuma announced the new bank notes Saturday.
“It is a befitting tribute to a man who became a symbol of this country’s struggle for freedom, human rights and democracy,” Zuma said.
“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.”