Rustomjee Jiwanji Ghorkhodu, also known as Parsi Rustomjee (or “Kakaji”) was born in India in August 1861. He arrived in Durban, Natal (now kwaZulu-Natal) at the age of seventeen, worked in an aerated waters company, and later became a prosperous businessperson. He was one of the founders of the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) on August 22, 1894, and was elected Vice-President.
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