Zuma congratulates SA Indian community

2010-11-15 21:11

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma on Monday paid tribute to South Africans of Indian descent, saying that since their arrival 150 years ago they had made the transition from being slaves to becoming an integral part of South Africa.

The first group of almost 300 Indians arrived in the then Colony of Natal aboard the SS Truro. They were primarily brought in as indentured slaves to work the colony's sugar cane fields.

"Their odyssey from slave to full and equal South African citizens is intertwined with the struggle for freedom and democracy in South Africa.

"Their entrepreneurial spirit, their perseverance in the face of insurmountable odds, their identification and involvement with our country's pursuit for liberation has endeared them to our fellow citizens," said Zuma in a statement issued to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the indentured slaves aboard the SS Truro.

"The names of Dr Kesaveloo Goonam, Monty Naicker, Mac Maharaj and countless others will forever remain etched in our country's soul. They have played a vital role in making and shaping South African history."

Zuma also referred to Mahatma Gandhi and said the Gandhi's "notions of Satyagraha (passive resistance)" were forged in South Africa.

"South Africa has been enriched by the beauty of their cultures, the wisdom of their religions, and the generosity of their peoples. We are delighted that while they are distinctly Indian, they remain proudly South African."

Zuma said he looked forward to working with the Indian community in build a brighter and better future for all South Africans.

  • PerciusJcksn - 2010-11-15 21:44

    Thank you for the praise President Zuma, please advise on actions of hate crimes against Indians, while crime is everywhere it becomes particularly violent when your robbers threaten to shoot you because you are Indian, most violent crimes against Indians are in Durban where while the police try valiantly there are those elements which behave in a manner that is disgusting, I say bugger the NH whats the point when you're dead anyways, bring forth a security tax, let us hire mercenaries to walk into townships and drag out the guilty kicking and screaming for justice.

      AGENT - 2010-11-16 09:33

      I gotta say I like your way of thinking, Percius for President. I say Fight criminals with the same brutality they attack us with.

  • Proudly SA - 2010-11-15 21:54

    It is good that Indian community getting recognition; however it is disappointing that Zuma did not use public stage to condemn horriic Gugs killing and show sympathy with victims family; he needs to show leadership in situations such as this

      Oom Piet - 2010-11-16 08:14

      Hahahaha him show leadership, now thats a laugh! Its good that he did show recognition, but thats as far as it gets. And we all know that he did it for good publicity. What a toss JZ is!

  • Mj - 2010-11-16 11:58

    I do not think they deserve this as everytime I visit Durban with my family for the last 50 years I always encounter hindu indian racists. It is ironic because they of all nations should know this since they were subjected to apartheid too. About a year ago there was and uproar over a Zulu girl who won a Miss India title.They "believed" a Zulu girl cannot possibly have an "indian culture"

      lakhan7 - 2010-11-26 23:23

      ...and you still visit durban? lol ...sad

  • lakhan7 - 2010-11-18 14:44

    Thank you for the recognition :) Its a great feeling not to be excluded as South African as a whole moves forward and South African learn more about one another.

  • lakhan7 - 2010-11-18 14:45

    Thank you for the recognition :) Its a great feeling not to be excluded, as South Africa as a whole moves forward and South Africans learn more about one another.

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