ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
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12 May 2016
 
JAN ‘THE WALKER’ Mabuyakhulu Receives Hero's Welcome in EThekwini
 
EThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo has pledged his support to help raise R10 000 to fund the next two walks of anti-abuse activist Jan ‘The Walker’ Mabuyakhulu.
 
Mabuyakhulu ended his 220 kilometre walk from Mtubatuba to Durban to raise awareness of violence against women and children today, 12 May 2016.
 
He was joined by KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo for the last two legs of his journey.
 
Mabuyakhulu was given a hero’s welcome when he arrived at City Hall this afternoon where a civic reception was held in his honour.
 
Speaking at the event, Nxumalo said Mabuyakhulu is a man of honour. “These are the kind of men we want in society. As men we need to take a bold stand against rape and any other form of abuse against women and children. We all need to emulate him,” he said.
 
Nxumalo praised Mabuyakhulu’s efforts of walking to raise awareness and said he would start a pledge to raise financial support for his next two walks. Mabuyakhulu will start another walk from Port Shepstone to Lesotho next week, followed by a walk from his hometown of Mtubatuba to Johannesburg to raise awareness on gender based violence.
 
Dhlomo said he joined the last two legs of the walk for two reasons. Firstly to raise awareness about leading a healthy lifestyle and to support Mabuyakhulu’s powerful message.
 
“Jan is a visionary. He saw the social ills around him and decided to act. It has been a wonderful experience walking with him and seeing the awareness that was created. He has inspired a lot of men, what he is doing is noble,” Dhlomo said.
 
Mabuyakhulu was humbled by the warm welcome and thanked Nxumalo for his support. He used the opportunity to highlight the high rate of gender based violence and urged all men to take a stand.
“Boys are born, but being a man depends on your actions. People need to go into their communities and spread the word to stop this abuse. We cannot say we are free as a country until all woman are safe,” he said.
ENDS
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications Tozi Mthethwa.
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