Mandela Bust at South African Parliament Damaged by Police Van

April 30 (Bloomberg) -- A bust of former South African President Nelson Mandela that was erected in front of Parliament in Cape Town to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid was damaged when a police van reversed into it.

The right shoulder of the bust, which was unveiled on April 28, was slightly dented and scratched, the legislature said today in an e-mailed statement. After repairs, it’s expected to be back in place tomorrow.

Mandela, who served as the nation’s first black president from 1994 to 1999, died on Dec. 5 at the age of 95.

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