Amanda Watson
News Editor
2 minute read
11 Nov 2014
3:00 pm

Walk gives Mandela’s legacy fresh impetus (video)

Amanda Watson

In the spirit of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s long walk to freedom, South Africans will be able to commemorate his memory on December 13 in Pretoria.

Graca Machel takes a moment at the launch the Nelson Mandela Remembrance Walk, Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton, 11 November 2014, to be held in Pretoria later this year. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

The Gauteng City Region in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation launched the Nelson Mandela Remembrance Walk at the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Tuesday.

Gauteng MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Molebatsi Bopape said the walk would ensure his memory lived on in a way which promoted social cohesion and unity.

Graca Machel hugs Arts and culture MEC Molebatsi Bopape at the launch the Nelson Mandela Remembrance Walk, Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton, 11 November 2014, to be help in Pretoria later this year. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Graca Machel hugs Arts and culture MEC Molebatsi Bopape at the launch the Nelson Mandela Remembrance Walk, Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton, 11 November 2014, to be help in Pretoria later this year. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

“We must salute this generation of Tata Mandela and continue to espouse their values in our daily lives,” said Bopape. “Our society is challenged with socio-economic ills that continue to keep the majority of our people interred.”

Following Mandela’s death last December 5, his body lay in state from 11–13 December 11–13 at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, until his remains were finally interred at his home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on December 15.

The Remembrance Walk begins at 8am at Freedom Park, then past the gallows at Kgosi Mampuru Prison, then to the Palace of Justice in Church Square, past Lillian Ngoyi Square, ending at the Union Buildings.

Various struggle veterans such as Andrew Mlangeni and Ahmed Kathrada will be at the points to give a historical overview of the site.

“These narrations will be recorded and kept for future generations,” said Bopape.

Mlangeni said he hoped he would be there.

“This walk reminds me of Madiba’s book, A Long Walk to Freedom. It looks to me we are continuing with that walk,” he said.

“We have achieved political freedom. Economic freedom we haven’t achieved yet. I believe once we achieve that as well, we will have completed this long walk to freedom.”