A walk to remember Madiba

The event is a symbolic commemoration of the late former president’s legacy.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Graca Machel and Ahmed Kathrada at the Nelson Mandela Rememberance Walk on 13 December 2014. Picture: Twitter @robertmarawa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Nelson Mandela Remembrance Walk is underway in Freedom Park and will end at the Union Buildings later today.

The event is a symbolic commemoration of the late former president's legacy, signifying one year since his body made its final journey to his home in Qunu.

The participants gathered at Freedom Park this morning and have been passing iconic places marked on Madiba's journey including.

Graca Machel has been leading the walk to the Union Buildings where she is expected to address the nation about her experiences during the week that Madiba passed away.

Gauteng Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation MEC Molebatsi Bopape says, "We decided as a province that we should commemorate this day."

Mandela was elected South Africa's first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison.

He died on 5 December 2013 surrounded by his family and close friends.

The global icon had been receiving treatment for a lung infection since September 2013.

Madiba was laid to rest in his childhood and ancestral home of Qunu in the Eastern Cape on 15 December 2013.

When the news first broke a year ago, the nation mourned and celebrated the man who will always be remembered as a pillar of strength for all South Africans.