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Over 15,000 people turn up for Mandela Remembrance Walk

Premier David Makhura led the five kilometer walk to the Union Buildings in Pretoria this morning.

FILE: The nine-metre tall statue of former president Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Sports and Recreation Department says more people than it expected took part in today's Nelson Mandela Remembrance Walk.

Premier David Makhura led the five kilometer walk to the Union Buildings in Pretoria this morning.

Department spokesperson Nomazwe Ntlokwana says they had expected 10,000 people but over 15,000 people from all over the province came to commemorate the anti-apartheid icon.

She says Madiba's friends and other struggle heroes also took part in the walk.

"This year we also continued to grow in terms of the walk. We had buses from various regions in the provinces that were ferrying people."

The group went on a five kilometre walk through some of the city's political heritage sites, starting at the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre.

The same route was used to transport Madiba's body following his death in 2013.