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Riots in South Africa: The Place Where Indians are Being Targeted


There is a fire these days in Durban and Johannesburg in South Africa. Riots have been raging here for the last few days, and the situation does not seem to be under control in any way. According to an estimate, 212 people have died here so far. The businesses of thousands of Indians have been destroyed in both these places, and they have suffered a lot. Some Indians have also died in these riots.

Riots in South Africa Today

However, no information has been received about their number so far. Both Durban and Johannesburg have a lot of connections with India and Indians. Not only do a large number of Indians live here, but it is the same place where Mahatma Gandhi first raised the issue of discrimination against blacks.

Gandhi reached Durban first.

Durban comes in the Kwajlu-Natal province, and it is here that Mahatma Gandhi founded the Natal Indian Congress. According to the website South African History, when Mahatma Gandhi’s advocacy practice failed in Mumbai (Bombay in those days), he saw his future in the dark. During this time, he was offered to work in an Indian business firm in Transvaal (now Gauteng), South Africa. He was presented this for 12 months at a salary of £105.


The British asked to leave the compartment.

Mahatma Gandhi reached Durban in 1893, and here he was to work as a legal counsellor for businessman Dada Abdullah. It was in June when Dada Abdullah asked him to travel to Pretoria by train. Gandhi first reached Pietermaritzburg in this train journey. Here he was in the first-class compartment, and he also had a ticket for it.

At the same time, a British came to that compartment and complained about this to the railway officials. The officers were also British and asked Gandhi to leave the compartment. According to officials, Indians and blacks were not allowed to travel in the compartment.

Thrown out of the train

Mahatma Gandhi opposed this and showed his ticket, but he was thrown out of the train even after that. It was wintertime, and they were trembling. This incident that happened to him in Durban made him realise his duties. They started thinking about whether they should stay here and fight for their rights or go back to India. But he was determined to complete his journey.


Mahatma Gandhi travelled from Charlestown to Johannesburg. But he had to complete this journey with the coachman. The conductor was sitting in the compartment with the rest of the white passengers. Durban and Johannesburg are the two cities in South Africa that inspired Mahatma Gandhi to fight for India’s independence in a new way.

Now, why do Indians come in trouble?

But now, in Durban and Johannesburg, trouble has arisen for the Indians. Due to the Gupta brothers of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, the local people are targeting the people of the Indian community here. Indian-origin journalist Edwin Naidu living in South Africa, told in an interview that people here have started considering the Gupta brothers as representatives.

He believes that all Indians are like him, and there are resources in his country to be looted. They are trying to rob them of their education and employment options and are a significant obstacle in the way of their country’s economic progress.

Ashish Kumar Mishra
Ashish Kumar Mishra is the Founder and CEO at Spot News 18. He created Spot News 18 on 30 June 2019. His intention to make these News Websites was only to provide correct and official news to his readers. Now, he is working on Spot News 18 to expand his website reach to all parts of the world.

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