Indians enriched South Africa’s history: ZumaBy IANS
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
PRETORIA - South African President Jacob Zuma has thanked the Indian community for its rich contribution - through culture and wisdom - towards the enrichment of South African history.
Zuma congratulated the Indian people Monday on the 150th anniversary of their arrival in South Africa.
The first group of Indians had landed in the country Nov 16, 1860, BuaNews reported.
“The Indian community has become ingrained within the South African landscape. South Africa has been enriched by the beauty of their culture, the wisdom of their religions, and the generosity of their people. We are delighted that while they are distinctly Indian, they remain proudly South African,” said Zuma.
Their move from being regarded as slaves to equal citizens of the country is intertwined with the struggle for freedom, he said.
“They have played a vital role in making and shaping South African history. We cannot forget that one of the icons of the 20th century, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was nurtured by this country.”
“We look forward to working closely together with the Indian community to build a brighter and better future for all South Africans,” he said.