Nelson Mandela – a celebration of an icon’s life

27 for Freedom Race honours Madiba

Saturday 8 February 2014 11:45

SABC

The recently-erected statue at the Union Buildings is among many remembrances of Mandela

The race will retrace and re-enact Mandela's historic walk out of the then Victor Verster Prison.

Thousands of people, including many children, have honoured late former president Nelson Mandela by taking part in the 5th annual 27 for Freedom Race at the Drakenstein Correctional facility in Paarl in the Boland.

The facility commemorated Madiba's historic release from the then Victor Verster Prison on February 11, 1990. Mandela spent 14 months of his 27 years in jail at the facility.

Western Cape Correctional Services Commissioner, Delekile Klaas, says the race is one of the best ways to honour Madiba's legacy as an icon who stood for reconciliation and nation building.

Participants in the race have an option to choose between a five-kilometre fun walk and a 10km as well as 27km races. Klaas adds that the race is used to celebrate the life of the beloved Mandela.
Mandela influenced many changes, not only in South Africa but also in the world
The race will retrace and re-enact Mandela's historic walk out of the then Victor Verster Prison.

On Tuesday, ANC NEC member Pallo Jordan said Mandela influenced many changes, not only in South Africa but also in the world.

Jordan was among speakers at a public dialogue on Remembering Mandela, held in Cape Town. He said in addition to Mandela's pan Africanism, the icon was also an internationalist.
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