And it’s all for a good cause, says activist Thato Molosankwe, who has embarked on his Rounding Afrika Walk Against Abuse, or the Moral Regeneration Walk. His aim is to bring much-needed awareness to a range of social ills faced by South Africans and the continent at large, and raise R10 000 000 under the Thato Molosankwe Charity Foundation.
A personal message left on his Buck A Buddy fundraising page states that the walk – which takes place as part of his contribution to the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations – is part of a campaign against gender-based violence, femicide, rape, xenophobia, war and poverty, while aiming to unite African men to rally behind a non-violent society.
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“We must live in peace together, in our homes, as partners or married couples, as siblings, relatives and friends, with our neighbours and everyone, disregarding ethnic group, race, gender, creed and sexuality. In order to achieve all these, we must have peace with animals, loving them and protecting them,” reads a statement on his Facebook page. “Not even an animal abuses or rapes. Stop gender-based violence. Stop femicide.”
According to IOL, Molosankwe was once addicted to gambling and abused his then pregnant partner. Following the birth of his child, however, the activist was inspired to turn his life around.
The father of a three-year-old son then attempted and completed a daunting 1 317,5km trek from Cape Town to Mahikeng in 2017. This year’s 24 000km journey will see him traverse 49 of the 54 African nations before he returns to South Africa.
Since the start of his walk in the Mother City on 9 July, updates have been shared on his social media platforms, with messages of encouragement streaming in from supporters. Once in Mahikeng, Molosankwe will be driven to the Northern Cape, where Women’s Day celebrations will take place on 9 August. Former President Jacob Zuma is expected attend the event and honour Molosankwe.
For more updates, follow Molosankwe on Facebook.