Gayton McKenzie Announces He Will Run the Nelson Mandela Race

Gayton McKenzie Announces He Will Run the Nelson Mandela Race

  • The minister of sports, Arts and culture, Gayton McKenzie, said he is going to participate in a race as he can't run in a marathon yet
  • He posted a video of one of his daily exercise routines while on the treadmill and encouraged South Africans
  • Netizens expressed their support, and many said they would join the race, which takes place in Mid-July

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Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, has covered policy changes, the State of the Nation Address, politician-related news and elections at Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News for over seven years.

The Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Gayton McKenzie is going to run the Nelson Mandela walk and run
Gayton McKenzie is going to run in a race. Image: Brenton Geach/Gallo Images via Getty Images
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JOHANNESBURG—The Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Gayton McKenzie, announced that he will run in a race in July.

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Gayton McKenzie to run in race

@GaytonMcK posted on his X account. McKenzie, who has posted similar pictures on X recently, announced that he will be running in the Nelson Mandela Walk and Run event. The race will take place at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. McKenzie encouraged South Africans to join him and run for the sake of the late former statesman Nelson Mandela.

"Let's do it for Mandela. He's the father of the nation and the father of the world. He spent 27 years in jail for us. Let's do it for him. Come, run with me. Let's run, South Africa," he said.

He then shows his treadmill, which shows that he ran five kilometres. Watch the video here:

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South Africans get behind McKenzie

Netizens were excited; some said they would join McKenzie at the race.

Nhlanhla Gezani Leonard said:

"I am joining."

Thapelo said:

"We will be there."

Logical said:

"Minister, have you sent a fruit basket to the Irish? Shem, they are in a panic."

Peter Maphalla said:

"You are going to be physically fit soon!"

Gayton McKenzie mingles with rugby fans

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that McKenzie received warm affection in a viral video on TikTok.

McKenzie trended after interacting with rugby fans, taking pictures and signing autographs. South Africa gave him his flowers.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: