Veteran journalist and author, Fred Khumalo has embarked on a 400 kilometre trek to bring to life his latest book, The Longest March.

It tells the story of thousands of Zulu migrant workers who walked from Johannesburg to their homes in KwaZulu-Natal, 120 years ago.

Khumalo is retracing the steps of the 7 000 mineworkers and their families, ordered to leave Johannesburg at the start of the Anglo Boer War.

Khumalo hopes to bring home the ordeal faced by ordinary people at the time. He says he wants to bring back the story of 1899.

“I wanted to find a dramatic way to honour these people, to bring their story back to the public domain – the story of the march by these people in 1899 has been one that has been hidden for political reasons from public view.”

 

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