Memebers of the Natal Indian Congress protesting against the visit of PW Botha, 1980s

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Memebers of the Natal Indian Congress protesting against the visit of PW Botha. The protest was held outside the Durban City Hall where Botha was meeting with members of the Conservative South African Indian Council and Indian bussiness leaders. The picture includes Prof Fatima Meer (left) and Dr Naicker (right), son of Dr Monty Naicker). All the demonstrators were arrested by the police © Omar Badsha. 1980s

The government tried to make the gap between Indian and Coloured and African more defined. This was done through the new constitution that the NP government introduced in 1983. The Constitution created a new parliamentary system (called the Tricameral Parliament), which created different houses, or sections, of the government. Under the new constitution, a State President (no longer a Prime Minister, but holding the power of the old President and Prime Minister) led South Africa. This constitution angered the coloured, Indian and Black community's.