To mark Nelson Mandela Day, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has laid a wreath in honour of the late statesman at the Howick capture site, in the Midlands.

The ceremony is one of many in which people remember the legacy of Madiba throughout the country.

The ceremony is aimed to remember former President Nelson Mandela on what would have been his 101 birthday.

The site is the exact the place where Madiba was captured by the apartheid regime on the 5th of August in 1962 and has since become an international tourist attraction.

Zikalala will from the site lead a massive clean-up operation through the streets of Pietermaritzburg aimed at ridding the scourge of pollution in the area.

He has praised the late former President for the role he played in liberating the country. He says as leaders they should emulate Mandela by fighting against challenges such as poverty,  unemployment and crime.

“We are not here to praise the statue of former President Mandela, but we are here as part of learning and as part of inculcating those traditions and values that Mandela embodied. Among those was the question of resilience; no surrender … that spirit of no surrender and being prepared to face difficulties is what we’re here to celebrate today -what we have always prepare to fight and fight for the freedom of our people.”

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