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Mahatma Gandhi statue in Cape Town could spark a wave of racial controversy

The 20th-century philosopher and activist had some controversial views on black Africans

The City of Cape Town resolved to controversially accept a statue of Mahatma Gandhi as a gift from the Indian government.

The Mahatma Gandhi statue will be placed at Heerengracht, in the Cape Town central business district and next to the International Convention Centre.

Following public comments that overwhelming rejected the move, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien, had previously promised local residents that their voices would be heard loud and clear, stating that their input would be vital in the process.

The Government of India has proposed that a life-size statue of Gandhi be placed in a prominent and appropriate location in Cape Town and unveiled on what would have been his 150th birthday, on 2 October.”

“To celebrate the event, we want to give all our residents an opportunity to give their input into the process and want to encourage active citizenry with the public participation process”, said Badrrodien

Public comments were particularly against Gandhi’s thoughts on Africans and their culture and he referred to black Africans by the K-word.

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In his early writings, Mahatma Gandhi also claimed that black people were inferior to Indians.

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