Long trek ahead for ANCYL, 50km to Pretoria
Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League march was heading along Marlboro Drive in Sandton, Johannesburg on Thursday evening.
Scattered groups were marching quietly in the dark at 19:00, with around 50km to go to Pretoria.
Johannesburg metro police cars followed with flashing blue lights, while police armed with R5 rifles ensured no marchers could get onto the M1 North highway.
Traffic along Katherine Street was backed up. The walkers were followed by a large number of buses and minibus taxis. Some of those on foot made for the buses, hoping for a ride.
Walkers who reached a bridge going over the M1 stopped for a rest and water was handed out to them. They began to sing.
The league's plan was to walk to Pretoria, where a night vigil was expected to be held. The group intended converging on the Union Buildings on Friday.