Sunday Tribune

Indians’ haunt was set aside for them

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MRS BANKS who, appropriat­ely lives on the north bank of the Umgeni River, sounds like a very angry person. (“Boom, boom drives me nuts”, Sunday Tribune, October 18.)

At the outset I must say, unequivoca­lly, that I am totally against the loud, deafening music and fireworks, and I do sympathise with those who have to put up with such unbearable noise every weekend.

The revellers certainly need to turn down their booming music. But, while she has every right to object to such insane noise which travels across the tranquil waters to her Durban North residence, the tone of her letter is unacceptab­le.

“Certain group” obviously refers to Indians as they are the only ones who congregate there in large numbers over the weekends. Secondly, her suggestion that “people please go to their own areas and create havoc and not in our area” reveals her apartheid mentality.

Just for a moment, Mrs Banks, close your eyes and think how fortunate you are to live in this plush suburb, over- looking the lagoon and the sea. My grandparen­ts once owned a property there, perhaps the one where you now reside; but were driven out by the odious Group Areas Act.

Confined

Blue Lagoon was actually set aside as an Indian area under the Separate Amenities Act and over the decades has become a popular haunt for the Indian youth and their families. While you had the entire Golden Mile to yourself, Indians were confined to Blue Lagoon and the adjacent beach where they braaied, drank and made noise.

Nothing unusual. Have you ever seen drunken, rowdy English soccer fans? Wait, they are coming.

Now after all the pain and misery of those oppressive years you still talk of “their own areas” and “our area”. You haven’t changed much, have you, Mrs Banks? You still pine for the pastand I am sure, if you had the opportunit­y again, you would still vote for it and send us scurrying back to our townships.

 ?? Picture: ZIPHOZONKE LUSHABA ?? The fireworks that accompany the celebratio­n of the festival of Diwali has sparked a variety of responses.
Picture: ZIPHOZONKE LUSHABA The fireworks that accompany the celebratio­n of the festival of Diwali has sparked a variety of responses.

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