THE INTERIM REPORT OF THE UN SPECIAL COMMITTEE AGAINST APARTHEID, MARCH 1964:
Members of the Indian community observed 15 November 1963 as "a day of anguish and sorrow in thousands of homes". A statement issued in that connexion said that Indians were entering "a moment of crisis" caused by the Group Areas Act and that it was "a solemn and religious duty to say that mass uprooting of people, no matter what colour, is against all moral and
religious scruples". More than one hundred Indian school children were caned for having stayed away from classes on 15 November.
Police used police dogs to disperse several hundred Indian women who had come from many parts of the Transvaal to Pretoria on Human Rights Day, 10 December 1963, to present a protest to the Prime Minister on the application of the Group Areas Act. They had carried a memorandum which read in part:
"The ruthless application of apartheid is causing grave concern to our people. Its implementation in the form of group areas, job reservation and other measures involves loss of homes, impoverishment and assault on our dignity and self-respect.
"As a woman, I request you to take steps that will restore security to a people whose only ‘crime’ is colour and race."
of my email to Razia Saleh:
The demonstration was well covered by The Star and Rand Dally Mail, I suppose on 11 December. They had photographs. I had clippings from the two newspapers.I suppose I filed them neatly as precious possessions and put them away - and I cannot find them. I wonder if you can get printouts from Wits Library and email copies to me.
I think the 50th anniversary should be observed in some way. The demonstration took place when numerous Group Areas were being declared and Indians threatened with being uprooted. Earlier that year, the Indian High School in Johannesburg was closed. That school was important as an episode in the freedom struggle. Kathy was secretary of the parent's committee. The story about the caning of Indian students was in Rand Daily Mail.
Unfortunately, these events or episodes are forgotten even by Indians who have been active in the movement.