South Africa Renames 2 Main Streets After Indian-origin Anti-apartheid Activists

South Africa Renames 2 Main Streets After Indian origin Anti apartheid Activists pardesi news 1471935071

Two main streets in KwaDukuza, a town in South Africa, have been renamed after EV Mohammed and Goolam Suleman, two Indian-origin veterans who played a significant role in the non-violent struggle against apartheid in the country.

The two main streets in South Africa are recently named after Indian-origin anti-apartheid activists, EV Mohammed and Goolam Suleman in South African town of KwaDukuza. Cato Street, one of the main streets through KwaDukuza town, has got its name changed after Mohammed, while Hulltett Street was renamed after Suleman.  

These two Indian-origin revolutionaries supported Albert Luthuli, the late African National Congress(ANC) President, who was made to stay at home in the area with repeated orders to ban his movements by white minority government.  Earlier, KwaDukuza was known as’ Stranger’ and was renamed by the current name post  democracy came into existence in South Africa under the great South African leader Nelson Mandela in 1994.

Ricardo Mthembu, the mayor of KwaDukuza, referring themas "the architects and midwives of the democratic South Africa", states that the two persons collaborated closely with the late African National Council President Chief during the time when he was a banned person in the country. Ricardo revealed that they also assisted Luthuli by receiving correspondence, arranging couriers, serving as secretaries, drivers and availing facilities for underground ANC meetings, and hence were instrumental in organising a concert to collect funds for the infamous 1956 Treason Trial in which Luthuli was also co-accused.

Muhammed's offices were used for arranging meetings for Luthuli as police kept constant vigil on Luthuli's house. Moreover, Mohammed had played a critical role in organising a huge public protest against Luthuli's banning order in 1959, which made him ineligible from receiving a South Africa passport. A year later, Luthuli was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for using non-violence as a means to fight against apartheid. He became the first person from outside the Americas and Europe to receive the Nobel Prize.

Ricardo also opined that it is very essential to recognise the efforts of people who were instrumental in the liberation of South Africa and its people so that their contribution remains etched in the memory of the nation.

About the author

Patrick Callahan

Pardesi News Reporter

Pardesi News Reporter

Leave a Comment

Select your Current City