Annual Salt March gains momentum

Locals who gathered to support a previous Salt March event.

While thousands across the country recently took to the streets, calling for President Jacob Zuma’s resignation after he had been labelled as a dictator and a corrupt leader, thousands of Gandhian followers across KZN will prepare to participate in the upcoming Salt March on April 23 at 8am.

Hosted by the Gandhi Development Trust, the march is an annual event where people from all walks of life come together in a common purpose, spreading unionism and solidarity.

While it has been hailed as a walk with a purpose, it is not a competitive walk. The intention of the march is for people to enjoy, interact and bond with each other of different backgrounds, races and religions.

Event organisers said this year’s march will take place on Sunday, April 23 at 8am, starting from the Amphitheatre to uShaka and back. The general community is invited to attend.

Great grandson, Kidar Ramgobin said, “This is not a competitive walk.  It is for you to enjoy, meet people, bond with people of different backgrounds, races, religions.  This year marks the 13th anniversary of the march in Durban. The march is about promoting peace and non-violence in all spheres as propagated by Gandhi, Chief Albert Luthuli and Madiba.  T-shirts and medals together with fresh fruit will be provided to participants and we are hoping for another fun and successful day.  We look forward to interacting with all who attend and of course the Gandhi look alikes will be in attendance, making it a great ‘selfie’ opportunity,” said Ramgobin.

The Salt march, which first took place from March to April in 1930 in India, was an act of civil disobedience led by Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948) to protest against the British rule in India.

During the march, thousands of Indians followed Gandhi from his religious retreat near Ahmedabad to the Arabian sea coast, a distance of some 240 miles. The march resulted in the arrest of nearly 60,000 people, including Gandhi himself. India finally was granted its independence in 1947.

To participate, register online through www.gdt.org.za. For more information call 031-373-5486 or email: sm@gdt.org.za

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