In­di­ans be­long in South Africa too

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Hiresh Ramthol

THE EFF, with Malema as its leader, is us­ing the race card as its strat­egy to di­vide a coun­try that has suf­fered enough from past di­vi­sions.

Malema has not laid out a plan of how he would change peo­ple’s lives for the bet­ter, other than talk about na­tion­al­i­sa­tion and tak­ing land with­out com­pen­sa­tion.

Both have been done be­fore in coun­tries like Zim­babwe, re­sult­ing in 80% un­em­ploy­ment, food short­ages and a worth­less cur­rency.

A se­ries of le­gal re­stric­tions and dis­crim­i­na­tory laws were also im­ple­mented against the In­dian com­mu­nity such as:

In 1891 the Statute Law of the Or­ange Free State pro­hib­ited In­di­ans from own­ing busi­nesses or farms. All In­dian busi­nesses were forced to close and the own­ers were de­ported from the Or­ange Free State with­out com­pen­sa­tion.

Act 17 of 1895 of the colony of Na­tal im­posed a £3 tax on ex-in­den­tured In­di­ans who failed to re-in­den­ture or re­turn to In­dia after com­ple­tion of their labour con­tracts. (£3 was equiv­a­lent to about six months’ earn­ings).

The Transvaal’s Oner­ous Act 3 of 1885 barred In­di­ans from own­ing land and con­fined them to lo­ca­tions.

The Fran­chise Act of 1896, dis­en­fran­chised all In­di­ans in Na­tal.

The Asi­atic Law Amend­ment Bill (The Black Act) of 1907, pro­posed the reg­is­tra­tion and fin­ger­print­ing of In­di­ans, who would be re­quired to carry reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cates (sim­i­lar to passes) at all times.

The Transvaal Im­mi­gra­tion Re­stric­tion Act of 1908 barred all non-res­i­dent In­di­ans from en­ter­ing the Transvaal with­out per­mits.

The Im­mi­grants Reg­u­la­tion Act, No 22 of 1913, clas­si­fied all Asi­atic per­sons as un­de­sir­able.

A judg­ment by Jus­tice Mal­colm Searle in March 1913 in the Cape di­vi­sion of the Supreme Court ren­dered all mar­riages con­ducted ac­cord­ing to Hindu or Mus­lim rites in­valid. This meant that all mar­ried In­dian women were re­duced to the sta­tus of con­cu­bines while their prog­eny was clas­si­fied il­le­git­i­mate and de­prived of all their rights of in­her­i­tance, prop­erty, as­sets and le­gal claims.

Un­der apartheid, peo­ple were clas­si­fied and ex­cluded based on race.

The In­dian cit­i­zens of this coun­try are as much equals as any other group and can­not and must not be de­nied any right of con­tri­bu­tion or participation in our land. Lone Hill, Sand­ton

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