Walks sensitises SA about truth and non-violence

2014-10-06 00:00

HUNDREDS of people embarked on a peace walk to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s 145th birthday anniversary in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

The walk for peace and non-violence that Gandhi stood for started at the Freedom Square at 1 pm and continued to the railway station where a cultural event was held. Nishi Bundhoo, assistant secretary of the PMB Gandhi Memorial Committee, told The Witness that they embarked on the walk to sensitise the South African people about the power of truth and non-violence, which Gandhi stood for.

“We also recognise the late Dasarath Bundhoo whose idea it was to put up the statue of Mahatma Gandhi as a symbol of hope in South Africa,” she said.

Organisations, churches and individuals were part of the march. Vijay Lachman said they wanted to celebrate the one person who liberated India from British rule. “We combine his birthday and the 20 years of democracy in this country. This march symbolises the appreciation for Mahatma Gandhi as he dealt with oppression and stood as an example of peace,” he said.

“Gandhi wasn’t strong physically but inside he had the great strength and soul of righteousness. He was always prepared for hardship,” said Lachman.

Zimbabwe national Peter Makomba said Gandhi should be saluted for his role in South Africa and Africa.

Consul-General of India, Rajagopalan Raghunathan, said Mahatma Gandhi was a father of his nation and he was just an ordinary man with moral courage who led by example. The consul also felt a connection between India and SA. “I am very pleased with the turnout for this event. This reinforces the cultural links between India and SA,” he said.

• siso.naile@witness.co.za

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