Second Chief Albert Luthuli Legacy Walk a success

2017-08-02 06:02
Photos: DAs harilalParticipants included iLembe mayor Siduduzo Gumede and KwaDukuza mayor Ricardo Mthembu as well as a number of local athletics enthusiasts.

Photos: DAs harilalParticipants included iLembe mayor Siduduzo Gumede and KwaDukuza mayor Ricardo Mthembu as well as a number of local athletics enthusiasts.

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THREE generations of Albert Luthuli’s family walked alongside hundreds of athletes, industry leaders and the general public at the second annual Chief Albert Luthuli Legacy Walk and Half Marathon on Saturday in Groutville. The event followed a week-long commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Luthuli’s untimely death.

Its route closely followed the final path he took before he was allegedly struck by a train on the railway bridge in Groutville on 21 July 1967. Thandi Luthuli Gcabashe, Chief Albert Luthuli’s daughter, led a group of participants that included the grandchildren and great grandchildren of Africa’s first Nobel Peace Laureate.

“I admired the happy, jolly spirit everyone exhibited to create a beautiful Luthuli ambience. We were lucky to have him as a father,” she said. “Special thanks to Zakhele Gumede, the originator of the walk and half marathon and all those involved. We look forward to growing the number of participants in years to come.”

The commemorative walk and half marathon was initiated last year by Groutville community member Zakhele Gumede and enjoys the support of the iLembe District Municipality, the KwaDukuza Municipality, Enterprise iLembe and the Luthuli Museum. Transnet was also a primary sponsor this year. - Supplied.

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