Two South African streets named after Indian-origin veterans

southafricaTwo main streets in South Africa have been renamed after two Indian-origin veterans, Goolam Suleman and EV Mohammed, who played important roles in the non-violent struggle against apartheid.

The two men supported the late African National Council President Chief Albert Luthuli, who was confined to his home in the area with repeated banning by the white minority apartheid government.

One of the main streets through KwaDukuza town, Cato Street, has been renamed after Mohammed and Hullett Street after Suleman.

The two veterans worked closely with Luthuli who was banned at the time, by supporting him, receiving his correspondence, arranging couriers, serving as secretaries and drivers, and availing of facilities or underground ANC meetings.

Mayor Ricardo Mthembu referred to Suleman and Mohammed as ‘the architects and midwives of the democratic South Africa because they even organised a concert to help raise funds for the infamous 1956 Treason Trial in which Luthuli was an accused.

Mohammed was also a key player in organising public protests against Luthuli’s banning order in 1959, which prevented him from getting a South African passport.

A year later Luthuli was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his advocacy of non-violence in the fight against apartheid.