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Mandela lookalike vows to carry on the legacy

Published on Dec 15, 2013 11:26 PM

QUNU, South Africa (AFP) - Mr Ayanda Mbatyothi, who bears a striking resemblance to a young Nelson Mandela, vowed on Sunday to carry on the legacy of the icon who had unwittingly launched his career.

The 37-year-old, who hails from an impoverished township in eastern South Africa, is the spitting image of Mandela in the days before his arrest by the apartheid state in 1962.

Mr Mbatyothi even sounds like Mandela, and makes a living impersonating South Africa's first black president on screen.

"Madiba never forgot about the people. I will try and carry forward the very same idea," he told AFP, referring to South Africa's first black president by his clan name.

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