THEIR JOURNEY involved 24-days of camping and a 17-day hunger strike, and their quest was to deliver certain demands to the government. They wanted their heritage and legacy to be respected. Their courageous walk brought world attention to the plight of the indigenous people of the country, and also helped to ignite a powerful social media campaign to discover significant indigenous landmarks or places where freedom was fought.
THE KHOISAN FOUR MADE HEADLINES LATE LAST YEAR WHEN THEY UNDERTOOK A PERILOUS 1200 KM WALK FROM PORT ELIZABETH TO THE UNION BUILDINGS IN PRETORIA.
The campaign is called WALK 4 OUR FREEDOM and through it they have started the Sole2Soul conversations. This is a three month campaign which began on December 16 (Day of Reconciliation) and will conclude on March 21 (Human Rights Day) between Pretoria and Cape Town. This campaign is a journey to discover 96 of South Africa’s Indigenous Route2Roots and will set a platform to a totally new tourist option for the communities along the way. A beacon of light is 66-year-old Thierry Alban Revert who represents the Indigenous People’s Responsibility Dialogue (IPRD). He started the campaign by walking an average of 17kms per day between each site supported by an all women crew. A “Mantra Wall” was placed at various sites during their journey which was resumed in January and sites included Voortrekker Monument, Freedom Park, Kara Heritage, Vlakplaas and Naledi-Africa (Credo Mutwa’s Kraal).
The public, corporates and other associations are encouraged to join the #walk4ourfreedom campaign. The public can contribute to this event by participating in the walk and helping donate towards the existing community campaigns and create the longest tourism itinerary ever.
YOU NEVER TRULY KNOW SOMEONE UNTIL YOU’VE WALKED A MILE IN THEIR SHOES.