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Reconciliation Day in South Africa marked with unveiling of giant statue of Nelson Mandela

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    South Africa President Jacob Zuma, second left, shakes hands to pose for the media with Mandla Mandela the oldest grandson of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela after unveiling a 9 metre bronze statue of Nelson Mandela outside Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. The statue was unveiled as part of the Day of Reconciliation Celebrations which occur annually on Dec. 16 at the Union Buildings, which this year fall on the structure's centenary. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (The Associated Press)

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    A 9 metre bronze statue of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela reaches out over tents for members of the public and media to gather in after it was unveiled outside Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. The statue was unveiled as part of the Day of Reconciliation Celebrations which occur annually on December 16 at the Union Buildings, which this year fall on the structure's centenary. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (The Associated Press)

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    Helicopters perform a flypast as smoke rises from a gun salute after the unveiling of a 9 metre bronze statue of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela outside Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. The statue was unveiled as part of the Day of Reconciliation Celebrations which occur annually on December 16 at the Union Buildings, which this year fall on the structure's centenary. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (The Associated Press)

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    Helicopters perform a flypast as smoke rises from a gun salute after the unveiling of a 9 metre bronze statue of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela outside Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. The statue was unveiled as part of the Day of Reconciliation Celebrations which occur annually on December 16 at the Union Buildings, which this year fall on the structure's centenary. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (The Associated Press)

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    A woman wearing high heel shoes poses for a snapshot by the foot of a 9 metre bronze statue of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela that was unveiled outside Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. The statue was unveiled as part of the Day of Reconciliation Celebrations which occur annually on December 16 at the Union Buildings, which this year fall on the structure's centenary. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (The Associated Press)

South Africa has unveiled a gigantic statue of anti-apartheid fighter Nelson Mandela to cheers and singing at the Union Buildings in its capital.

The mood was joyous Monday in Pretoria as a military band played and fighter jets flew overhead to honor Mandela after 10 days of mourning over his death ended Sunday with his burial.

President Jacob Zuma presided over the unveiling, which preceded a party in celebration of the Day of Reconciliation, a national holiday.

The statue stands on the grounds of the Union Buildings, where Mandela delivered his inaugural speech after becoming South Africa's first black president in 1994.

The buildings had been a hated symbol of the apartheid regime to many South Africans.

Mandela was buried Sunday at his ancestral home in the village of Qunu.