Why should we hide our sacred red threads and other symbols as we were proud of our heritage, traditions and religion? Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, asked.
Zed pointed out that South African President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma and Gauteng Premier Nomvula Paula Mokonyane should come out openly and strongly against this racist episode and make sure that such incidents did not happen in the future.
Although the suffering through which these tender-aged children and their families went through could not be properly redressed, but the affected families should be paid adequate compensation for the irreparable damage. Action should be taken against the teachers who committed the abuse and their superiors who protected them and let it happen. Community should be assured that Hindu children would not go through such racist nightmare in any of South Africa schools in the times to come, Zed stated.
Hindus, who have been in South Africa since 1700s, had made great contributions to the success of South Africa. How long we would stay as “coolie” in the racist mindset, Rajan Zed asked.
Boksburg, where gold was discovered in 1887, forms part of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality with Mondli Gungubele as the Mayor. Boksburg is home to Boksburg Lake and East Rand Mall and figure skater Konrad Giering was born here.
Hindus form a considerable part of South African population; elaborate Diwali festivals are held in Johannesburg and Cape Town every year; and there are Hindu temples and ashrams in Johannesburg, Durban, Austin, etc.
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