De Lille renames stadium fan walk in honour of Mandela


As a tribute to Madiba, Patricia de Lille has renamed a Cape Town fan walk, which connects the city centre and its stadium, the Walk of Remembrance.

People singing during the Nelson Mandela: A Life Celebrated memorial service at Cape Town Stadium on December 11. (Reuters)

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has renamed the fan walk to the city's stadium the Walk of Remembrance, in honour of former president Nelson Mandela, her office said on Tuesday.

"I can think of nothing more fitting than renaming [it], the Walk of Remembrance," De Lille said in making the announcement at a Reconciliation Day event in the city on Monday.

The fan walk is a 2.6km pathway created in preparation for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. It connects the city centre and Cape Town Stadium.

"This new designation will commemorate all of those who died for the cause of freedom and all those who sacrificed a portion of their lives in the struggle for justice," she said.

"This commemoration is only fitting now, after saying goodbye to Tata Madiba, who left us over a week ago. His spirit, and the spirit of all those men and women who joined him in the cause to make the new South Africa, will be kept alive by the walk."

De Lille said the government had a duty to help those in need, address past imbalances and create a stable and inclusive space.

She said the private sector and civil society also had their own roles to play.

'Spirit of reconciliation'
One of Mandela's greatest lessons was the wisdom of fortitude and the recognition that the road was long and difficult, De Lille said.

"It requires one step after another ... And let the spirit of reconciliation, of being a united people, live and grow."

Mandela died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, aged 95, last Thursday. He was buried in his childhood village of Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, on Sunday. – Sapa

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