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Gandhi arrived in Durban aboard SS Safari in 1893. In no time, Gandhi became the leader of the South African Indian community. His involvement in the non-violent movement in South Africa had made such an impact that even now, he is looked up to as a leader there. From 1893 to 1914, Gandhi worked as an attorney and a public worker.


South Africa was the crucible that forged Gandhi’s identity as a political activist and was an important prelude to his return to India, where he played a pivotal role in securing its independence from British rule in August 1947.


Gandhi in South Africa. Gandhi arrived in Durban, Natal (now kwaZulu-Natal) in 1893 to serve as legal counsel to a merchant Dada Abdulla.In June, Dada Abdulla asked him to undertake a rail trip to Pretoria, Transvaal, a journey which first took Gandhi to Pietermaritzburg, Natal.


Mahatma Gandhi spent 21 years in South Africa fighting for the rights of the South African Indians. He was in South Africa from 1893 until 1914. Gandhi became involved with the South Africans completely unintentionally. He was traveling by train to Pretoria when he was thrown out of the train by a white man.


Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was a young man of 24 when he arrived in South Africa in 1893. After refusing to move from the first class to a third class coach he was thrown of the train because of ...


Gandhi’s various protests in South Africa all centre around the various indignities endured by the Indian community there. In doing so, Gandhi is fighting against a dualistic racial hierarchy - that of whites and ‘everyone else’ - as conceptualized by some whites in South Africa.


Who Was Mahatma Gandhi? Mahatma Gandhi (October 2, 1869 to January 30, 1948) was the leader of India’s non-violent independence movement against British rule and in South Africa who advocated ...


In April 1893, Gandhi aged 23, set sail for South Africa to be the lawyer for Abdullah's cousin. He spent 21 years in South Africa, where he developed his political views, ethics and politics. Immediately upon arriving in South Africa, Gandhi faced discrimination because of his skin colour and heritage, like all people of colour.


On 10 January 1908 Mahatma Gandhi was arrested for the first time in South Africa for refusing to carry an obligatory identity document card commonly known as the 'pass'. Gandhi was released in February after negotiations with the government. A few days later, Gandhi was beaten up and severely injured by a compatriot, who accused him of betraying the Indian cause.