Lone walk against abuse

2016-12-08 06:01
Jan Mabuyakhulu (left) is greeted by Ray Nkonyeni Municipality mayor Nomusa Mqwebu in POrt Shepstone. Photo: vusi mthalane

Jan Mabuyakhulu (left) is greeted by Ray Nkonyeni Municipality mayor Nomusa Mqwebu in POrt Shepstone. Photo: vusi mthalane

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FAMOUS South African walker and social justice activist Jan Mabuyakhulu touched down in Port Shepstone on Tuesday as he completed a 292km, 14-day walk from Richards Bay, which formed part of the 16 Days of Activism against Women and Child Abuse campaign.

He was greeted by Ray Nkonyeni Municipality mayor Nomusa Mqwebu, who congratulated him on his latest achievement.

“We need more people like Jan to raise awareness and fight the abuse that occurs in our communities,” she said.

Early on Sunday morning he was joined by KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda on the Umhlanga to Durban leg of the walk.

“I had hoped to finish the walk a day or two earlier, but I was delayed by bad weather along the way,” said the 44-year-old father of five from Mtubatuba.

“The main aim of this walk and all others I have done is to create awareness and make people talk about abuse against all vulnerable­ groups in society,” he said.

In June he walked from Margate to Pietermaritzburg and over the years he has walked from his hometown to Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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