Fred Khumalo embarks on 'The Longest March'

Author Fred Khumalo has embarked on a walk highlighting the journey of 7,000 Zulu mineworkers who walked from the gold mines in Johannesburg to Natal nearly 120 years ago.

Khumalo recently published a novel The Longest March based on the 500-kilometre walk which took place over 10 days.

The author joined Joanne Joseph on-air for an update on his own journey as he makes his way to Ladysmith.

It has been a gruelling walk from Wits University... I underestimated it. It is tough on the feet especially but I am about to get to Heidelberg right now.

Fred Khumalo, Author

Asked why he chose to do the walk, Khumalo says he was challenged by a friend.

I run quite regularly. I like keeping fit but I have never set myself a huge target....so I thought let me try this.

Fred Khumalo, Author

It is one of those hidden pockets of our history. I am fascinated by our history, especially those little pockets of our history that haven't been covered in textbooks, so in a way I think I am filling that gap but using the novel as the medium to convey that story.

Fred Khumalo, Author

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