KZN puts best foot forward for Mandela marathon

Monday, August 27, 2012

Pretoria - KwaZulu-Natal Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize on Sunday led a strong team of MECs and political leaders who took part in the inaugural Nelson Mandela Marathon, which pays tribute to the contributions of former President Nelson Mandela and other freedom fighters.

Mkhize, his wife Dr May Mkhize, Finance MEC Ina Cronje and Cooperative Governance MEC Nomsa Dube were among the participants in the 4.66km walk, while others ran a 10km race and a 42km marathon.

The marathon started at the Manaye Hall in Imbali, where Mandela gave his last speech before his arrest, and finished at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Tweedy, which is next to where Mandela was captured by police in a roadblock.

"This marathon is a very good initiative toward all our endeavors of preserving the contributions of all those who fought for our liberation like President Mandela," said Mkhize.

He said the marathon was a good platform to bring people around the Nelson Mandela Capture site and the museum which was recently opened.

South Africa celebrated International Nelson Mandela Day on July 18.