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INDIAN DIASPORA IN SOUTH AFRICA: Simplifier



  Jun 21, 2024

INDIAN DIASPORA IN SOUTH AFRICA: Simplifier



How significant is the Indian population in South Africa?

The Indian population in South Africa is about 1.5 million people. They are descendants of indentured laborers and free migrants from British India during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Where do most Indian South Africans live?

The majority of Indian South Africans live in and around the city of Durban, making it one of the largest ethnically Indian-populated cities outside of India.

How have Indian South Africans performed in recent elections?

Several candidates of Indian descent have been successful in recent elections to the National Assembly and Provincial Legislatures in South Africa.

Who are some notable elected Indian South African politicians?

• Mergan Chetty: Serving his third consecutive term in parliament with the Democratic Alliance (DA).

• Shara Singh: Recently graduated to national politics from the Provincial Legislature of KwaZulu-Natal.

• Ashor Saruppen: Serving his second term in parliament with the DA.

• Narend Singh: Leader of Inkatha Freedom Party.

• Fasiha Hassan: Member of the African National Congress (ANC).

• Imran Ismail Moosa: Member of Al Jama-Ah.

• Visvin Gopal Reddy and Shunmugam Ramasamy Moodley: Members of uMkhonto we Sizwe party.

Who is Anilkumar Kesava Pillai?

Anilkumar Kesava Pillai, originally from Kerala, India, established himself in South African politics 40 years ago. He is a trade union leader and was first elected to the provincial council of Eastern Cape in 2019 representing the ANC.

What other Indian South Africans were re-elected?

Imran Keeka, Marlaine Nair, and Riona Gokool, all members of the DA, were re-elected to the Provincial Legislature of KwaZulu-Natal.

What is the historical significance of Indians in South Africa?

Indians have been in South Africa since the mid-1800s, contributing significantly to the country’s cultural and economic landscape. Durban, in particular, has been a central hub for the Indian community.



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