Fifth race in Madiba’s hon­our

It’s of­ten said that sport and pol­i­tics don’t mix, but our coun­try’s first demo­cratic leader put paid to that. S’Bu­siso Mse­leku looks ahead to this year’s Man­dela Day Marathon

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For­mer pres­i­dent Nelson Man­dela’s name has been used to pro­mote ev­ery­thing from prod­ucts and art to mu­sic, char­i­ties and sport­sre­lated events. His love for box­ing, a sport that he took up as a young man, is leg­endary – as is his sin­gling out of sport as the cat­a­lyst for na­tion-build­ing. The 1995 rugby World Cup, from which the Spring­boks emerged the vic­tors, is a clas­sic ex­am­ple of the states­man’s knack for break­ing down bar­ri­ers, and be­came an in­te­gral part of the phe­nom­e­non com­monly re­ferred to as “Madiba magic”.

Ac­cord­ingly, this year sees the fifth Man­dela Day Marathon take place on a his­toric course that starts at Manaye Hall in KwaZu­luNatal’s Im­bali town­ship, and ends at the site where Man­dela was cap­tured in How­ick on Au­gust 5 1962, lead­ing to his 27 years of in­car­cer­a­tion (see graphic).

Manaye Hall, which falls un­der Msun­duzi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, was where Man­dela made his last speech as a free man on March 26 1961. The race’s end point, in How­ick, falls

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