Indian South Africans Timeline: 1980-1989


Kay Moonsamy was sent to India to replace Mosie Moolla, as the African National Congress (ANC) representative, for six months.


December, 25,160 Indian families (over 60,000 people) had been relocated as a result of the Group Areas Act. In contrast, a mere 817 white families were resettled, mostly to better areas.


Billy Nair becomes active in the United Democratic Front (UDF) as a member of the Natal regional executive committee and served on the national executive as well. He was detained in August 1984, just before the Tricameral elections, with Archie Gumede, Mewa Ramgobin, Paul David, George Sewpershad and M.J. Naidoo.  They occupied the British Consulate until 12 December.


August, Billy Nair was detained again after presenting a memorandum to foreign embassies calling on them to take action against the South African government. He was released on 9 October 1985 and went underground.


5 January, Natoo Babenia was detained under Section 29 of the Internal Security Act.


15 April, Sadhan Naidoo, son of MD Naidoo and Phyllis Naidoo, was assassinated on an African National Congress (ANC) farm in Zambia.


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