Ramaphosa takes part in annual Gandhi Walk

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 16, 2018

The annual walk, which is in its 33rd year, takes place under the theme Going Green, aimed at increasing communities' awareness and behaviours towards climate change.

He's taking part in the 33rd annual Gandhi Walk in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg.

"The president subscribed that values that the Gandhi Walk represents".

President Cyril Ramaphosa joined thousands of people in the 12km fun walk during the 33rd Annual Gandhi Walk to take place in Lenasia, Gauteng on Sunday. "Most importantly, it's about building a healthy lifestyle and bringing our communities together in a fun way". "Thank you for inviting me and making me part of this great and wonderful Gandhi Walk, and especially with the man himself standing here right next to me Mahatma Gandhi", Ramaphosa told the cheering crowd as he pointed to Pitambar, who looked the spitting image of Gandhi in his dhoti, complete with bald head, round glasses and a walking stick.

Spokesperson Khusela Diko says U.S. civil rights activist reverend Jesse Jackson will also be taking part in the walk which starts and ends at the Gandhi Hall.

The walk was originally started as a small fundraiser to complete the Gandhi Hall in Lenasia - a hub for all community events.

The community hall was built after the original Gandhi Hall in Johannesburg, where Gandhi was said to have had meetings with the community to mobilize a resistance against discriminatory laws in South Africa, was demolished as the Indian community was resettled forcibly by apartheid government. Proceeds from the walk since the completion of the hall some years ago are now shared between a range of community welfare organisations. The walk was followed by a full day of entertainment, as well as stalls offering facilities such as free health checks.

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