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At the Billy Nair Memorial Lecture are (from left) Siva Naidoo, Nilesh Singh, Barbara Hogan, Ahmed Kathrada and Selvan Chetty. Photo: andilesithole

At the Billy Nair Memorial Lecture are (from left) Siva Naidoo, Nilesh Singh, Barbara Hogan, Ahmed Kathrada and Selvan Chetty. Photo: andilesithole

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FINANCE Minister Pravin Gordhan surprised guests at the second Billy Nair Memorial Lecture when he reaffirmed that charges against him were politically motivated.

Gordhan was addressing lecture attendees via a recorded video message in the Tongaat Town Hall on 4 November.

“We are here to celebrate the life of Billy Nair, who was known to all of us for his immense courage and principle character and approach to politics.

“The last few weeks have been hectic trying to get the budget going that South Africans will find acceptable, but secondly­ will inspire some confidence in our economy at a time when many people think there is gloom and doom.

“Of course we had the other hindrance, like the politically motivated charges against Oupa Magashula, Ivan Pillay and myself. Today that part of the secret is out as well and there have yet been other events also, but my main point here is my sincere apologies to all of the organisers, the family and comrades in Tongaat for not being able to be with you.”

Gordhan thanked stalwarts and veterans who attended the memorial lecture. He described Nair as a resilient and incredible apartheid activist who fought for liberation.

“His political culture taught him what is right needs to be stood up for and what is wrong needs to be fought against.

“He understood that there will always be, in any human endeavour, negative dynamics and he would warn against opportunities,” he said.

Manager for the Billy Nair Circuit Selvan Chetty said: “We are here today to celebrate the life of Billy Nair and the legacy he left. On 14 August 2013 we took a decision to name our circuit after Billy Nair and we knew that we were taking a risk. Nair loved the children and education,” he said.

Among the dignitaries who attended the function was ANC veteran Ahmed Kathrada, Barbara Hogan, Logie Naidoo, Maggie Govender, Selvan Chetty, local leaders and teachers from various schools in Verulam and Tongaat.

Kathrada was honoured with the Billy Nair Humanitarian award for his contribution to the country.

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