‘Anti-Indianism’ is infiltrating SA, says Hindu body

2014-08-31 06:00

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The South African Hindu Maha Sabha has laid a complaint of hate speech against AmaCde over the anti-Indian lyrics contained in their song, Umhlab’Uzobuya with the South African Human Rights Commission.

The cultural and religious body’s president, Ashwin Trikamjee, wants the commission to investigate the lyrics of the song, which has sparked an outcry from the Indian community and has sparked a war of words on social media.

Trikamjee has also complained to the country’s major political parties, including the ANC, IFP and DA and the Commission for Social Cohesion calling them to act to stop what he describes as an “increasing number of racial attacks’’ against South Africans of Indian descent.

In his complaint, Trikamjee outlined a series of racist attacks on Indians, mainly in KwaZulu-Natal, since 1999, saying that from the number of complaints received from the Indian community about Umhlab’Uzobuya, which calls on “black people’’ to confront Indians and “send them home’’, these were being taken “in an extremely serious light’’.

“There seems to have been an increasing number of racial attacks against the SA Indian community in recent years. A disturbing trend is the increasing anti-Indian invectives in the public domain. An incipient anti-Indianism is infiltrating South Africa’s democracy. This flies against the spirit and the grain of the South African Constitution and could be viewed as a betrayal of Nelson Mandela’s legacy,’’ said Trikamjee.

In the complaint, Trikamjee lists a series of racist public attacks on the Indian community, including playwright Mbongeni Ngema’s AmaNdiya and campaigns against Indian businesses by the Mazibuye African Forum over the past two years.

Trikamjee also cited comments by Judge Issac Madondo during judicial interviews that an Indian judge could not appreciate the oppression of Africans and verbal attacks on Indian traders by former Durban mayor, now ambassador to the UK, Obed Mlaba, during the city’s failed attempts to move them out of the city’s morning market and replace it with a shopping mall.

He also complained about the use of the term amakula (coolies) by EFF leader Julius Malema when he was at the helm of the ANCYL.

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