South Africa's president has unveiled a bronze bust more than 2 meters (6 feet) high of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela in front of the Parliament building in Cape Town as the country celebrates 20 years of democracy.

President Jacob Zuma said Monday that in paying tribute to Mandela, parliament remembers what he stood for: "equality, justice, human rights, reconciliation, forgiveness and unity."

Mandela's election in 1994 ended decades of white-racist rule. The former president died in December at 95.

The celebration marking the end of apartheid comes a week before South Africans head to the polls for elections that are likely to see the ruling African National Congress return to power with a smaller majority, reflecting discontent with the movement that led the fight against apartheid.