Indigenous activists walk for liberation

March 16, 2018  — 

With the Northern Cape in the grip of a devastating ongoing drought, this year’s annual Indigenous Liberation Walk to raise awareness for the plight and rights of South Africa’s Khoisan people focused on the precious resource of water.

Thirty indigenous community members and activists participated in the 1 000km walk that took place over the last two weeks of February 2018. The event has taken place annually since 2013, each year with a different theme. This year’s group walked from Victoria West in the Karoo via Vanrhynsdorp on the West Coast to the Caste of Good Hope in the Mother City.

The walk was inspired by the late Khomani San leader and traditional healer Dawid Kruiper, who walked more than 1 000km from his ancestral home in the Kalahari to Cape Town in 2004 with the aim of meeting former President Thabo Mbeki. Kruiper was instrumental in raising awareness about the San community and their heritage.

The focus this year was on praying for water and highlighting the importance of this scarce resource. With the Northern Cape – as well as the Western and Eastern Cape – severely affected, water-saving measures are in place, but water conservation is the responsibility of all citizens, industries and levels of government.

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