Published 07 June 2018, Kailene Pillay, Daily News 

Durban – India’s Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, believes that South Africans need to pay heed to Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings of non-violence now more than ever.

Swaraj was the guest of honour at a commemorative dinner for Gandhi held at the Pieter­maritzburg City Hall on Wednesday.

Thursday marks 125 years since Gandhi’s Satyagraha movement was born.

“Both Gandhi and Mandela gave hope to this Earth. They gave hope to those facing injustice and discrimination. They gave hope to those developing countries. They gave hope to generations to come by ensuring that their values and principles are forever enshrined in our constitution and our lives,” she said.

Dignitaries from India and South Africa gathered at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall for the dinner, which was hosted by the High Commission of India South Africa, and supported by the Indian Ministries of External Affairs and Culture, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Pietermaritzburg Gandhi Memorial Committee.

Among the guests were former eThekwini speaker Logie Naidoo, businessmen Dr Iqbal Surve, Vivian Reddy and Kay Makan, and Gandhi’s granddaughter, Ela Gandhi.

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