This historic day: Ghandi arrested for refusing to carry apartheid pass

This historic day: Ghandi arrested for refusing to carry apartheid pass

- On this day, 112 years ago, the apartheid government arrested Mahatma Gandhi

- The political ethicist refused to carry a passbook while in South Africa

- A couple of days after his incarceration, Ghandi was severely injured after an assault by a compatriot

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On this day in 1908, Mahatma Gandhi was arrested for the first time in South Africa because he refused to carry a passbook.

Briefly.co.za learned Gandhi set sail to South Africa in April, 1893. Upon arrival, the late lawyer and activist was subjected to discrimination due to his skin tone, like all people of colour in South Africa at the time.

Gandhi ended up living in South Africa for 21 years and it was where he developed his political views, ethics and politics.

On 10 January, 1908, Gandhi was taken into custody by police of the previous regime because of his refusal to carry a 'pass' - which was an obligatory identification document issued to all people of colour and they had to carry it with them at all times within a white area.

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Following negotiations with the government, the political activist was released from custody, SA History reported.

However, several days later he was assaulted by a compatriot - who accused Gandhi of betraying the Indian cause.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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