Debi Singh

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Synopsis:

Teacher, farmer, secretary of the Anti-Segregation Council, secretary of the Passive Resistance Council of the Natal Indian Congress. He was imprisoned during the passive resistance campaign and again during the Defiance Campaign&nb

First name: 
Debi
Last name: 
Singh
Date of birth: 
1913
Date of death: 
1970

He was born in 1913 and became a teacher and later a farmer near Durban. As secretary of the Anti-Segregation Council in the mid-1940s he was instrumental in bringing Yusuf Dadoo and G M Naicker to positions of leadership in the South African Indian Congress. In 1946 he served as secretary of the Passive Resistance Council of the Natal Indian Congress. He was imprisoned during the resistance movement of that year and again during the Defiance Campaign of 1952. An advocate of closer African-Indian cooperation, he was among the leaders of the Congress movement charged with treason in December 1956. Charges against him were dropped in December 1957. Afterwards he was placed under ban and was again imprisoned during the 1960 emergency. He died in 1970.


References:
• From Protest To Challenge, Political Profiles Volume 4

Last updated : 19-Jun-2018

This article was produced for South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011