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Graca Machel leads Capetonians on #MandelaDay commemoration walk

More than 200 people are gathered at the Grand Parade overlooking the Cape Town City Hall on Nelson Mandela's birthday.

Graca Machel, former Ireland President Mary Robinson, Sir Richard Branson on the walk to the Cape Town Convention Centre on Mandela Day. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel is leading scores of Capetonians on a walk in the Mother City's streets to commemorate Mandela Day.

The event is led by the Elders, a forum of leaders set up by the former statesman 10 years ago.

Twenty-seven years ago Nelson Mandela delivered his first speech from the steps of the Cape Town City Hall after being released from a 27-year jail term.

Nearly three decades later, more than 200 people are gathered at the Grand Parade overlooking the city hall on his birthday.

They’re anxiously waiting for the Elders, a collective of former world leaders.

Machel and the Elders, including former Ireland President Mary Robinson, will lead the crowd on a roughly one-kilometre walk to the Cape Town Convention Centre.

The Elders will on Tuesday launch #WalkTogether, a campaign focused on peace, equality, improving health and security of citizens across the world.

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