Patu Naidoo makes an offering to Ganga Ma on Addington Beach. South Africa marked the 150th year since the first indentured Indian workers arrived by boat in Durban where curry, bindis and saris are today an integral part of the city. The anniversary was marked with prayers at sea and speeches on the beach. The indentured labourers who first arrived in November 16, 1860 to work colonial sugar cane fields were followed by immigrants, including India's independence hero Mahatma Gandhi whose descendants still live in the city.  Photo: Jacques Naude, The Mercury
Patu Naidoo makes an offering to Ganga Ma on Addington Beach. South Africa marked the 150th year since the first indentured Indian workers arrived by boat in Durban where curry, bindis and saris are today an integral part of the city. The anniversary was marked with prayers at sea and speeches on the beach. The indentured labourers who first arrived in November 16, 1860 to work colonial sugar cane fields were followed by immigrants, including India's independence hero Mahatma Gandhi whose descendants still live in the city. Photo: Jacques Naude, The Mercury
Shameen Rajbansi and Amichand Rajbansi make an offering to Ganga Ma on Addington Beach. South Africa marked the 150th year since the first indentured Indian workers arrived by boat in Durban where curry, bindis and saris are today an integral part of the city. The anniversary was marked with prayers at sea and speeches on the beach. The indentured labourers who first arrived in November 16, 1860 to work colonial sugar cane fields were followed by immigrants, including India's independence hero Mahatma Gandhi whose descendants still live in the city.  Photo: Jacques Naude, The Mercury
Shameen Rajbansi and Amichand Rajbansi make an offering to Ganga Ma on Addington Beach. South Africa marked the 150th year since the first indentured Indian workers arrived by boat in Durban where curry, bindis and saris are today an integral part of the city. The anniversary was marked with prayers at sea and speeches on the beach. The indentured labourers who first arrived in November 16, 1860 to work colonial sugar cane fields were followed by immigrants, including India's independence hero Mahatma Gandhi whose descendants still live in the city. Photo: Jacques Naude, The Mercury
Shameen Rajbansi prepares an offering to Ganga Ma on Addington Beach. South Africa marked the 150th year since the first indentured Indian workers arrived by boat in Durban where curry, bindis and saris are today an integral part of the city. The anniversary was marked with prayers at sea and speeches on the beach. The indentured labourers who first arrived in November 16, 1860 to work colonial sugar cane fields were followed by immigrants, including India's independence hero Mahatma Gandhi whose descendants still live in the city.  Photo: Jacques Naude, The Mercury
Shameen Rajbansi prepares an offering to Ganga Ma on Addington Beach. South Africa marked the 150th year since the first indentured Indian workers arrived by boat in Durban where curry, bindis and saris are today an integral part of the city. The anniversary was marked with prayers at sea and speeches on the beach. The indentured labourers who first arrived in November 16, 1860 to work colonial sugar cane fields were followed by immigrants, including India's independence hero Mahatma Gandhi whose descendants still live in the city. Photo: Jacques Naude, The Mercury
Krish Gokool, Guru Nanda Pillay, Moulana Rafeek Shah, Bishop Ruben Phillip, "touching the water" at a interfaith prayer at the Durban Undersea Club. South Africa marked the 150th year since the first indentured Indian workers arrived by boat in Durban where curry, bindis and saris are today an integral part of the city. The anniversary was marked with prayers at sea and speeches on the beach. The indentured labourers who first arrived in November 16, 1860 to work colonial sugar cane fields were followed by immigrants, including India's independence hero Mahatma Gandhi whose descendants still live in the city.  Photo: Jacques Naude, The Mercury
Krish Gokool, Guru Nanda Pillay, Moulana Rafeek Shah, Bishop Ruben Phillip, "touching the water" at a interfaith prayer at the Durban Undersea Club. South Africa marked the 150th year since the first indentured Indian workers arrived by boat in Durban where curry, bindis and saris are today an integral part of the city. The anniversary was marked with prayers at sea and speeches on the beach. The indentured labourers who first arrived in November 16, 1860 to work colonial sugar cane fields were followed by immigrants, including India's independence hero Mahatma Gandhi whose descendants still live in the city. Photo: Jacques Naude, The Mercury
Shameen Rajbansi makes an offering to Ganga Ma on Addington Beach. South Africa marked the 150th year since the first indentured Indian workers arrived by boat in Durban where curry, bindis and saris are today an integral part of the city. The anniversary was marked with prayers at sea and speeches on the beach. The indentured labourers who first arrived in November 16, 1860 to work colonial sugar cane fields were followed by immigrants, including India's independence hero Mahatma Gandhi whose descendants still live in the city.  Photo: Jacques Naude, The Mercury
Shameen Rajbansi makes an offering to Ganga Ma on Addington Beach. South Africa marked the 150th year since the first indentured Indian workers arrived by boat in Durban where curry, bindis and saris are today an integral part of the city. The anniversary was marked with prayers at sea and speeches on the beach. The indentured labourers who first arrived in November 16, 1860 to work colonial sugar cane fields were followed by immigrants, including India's independence hero Mahatma Gandhi whose descendants still live in the city. Photo: Jacques Naude, The Mercury

South Africa marked the 150th year since the first indentured Indian workers arrived by boat in Durban where curry, bindis and saris are today an integral part of the city. The anniversary was marked with prayers at sea and speeches on the beach. The indentured labourers who first arrived in November 16, 1860 to work colonial sugar cane fields were followed by immigrants, including India's independence hero Mahatma Gandhi whose descendants still live in the city.

Indians too were subjected to South Africa's racist rule but the white apartheid government, which ruled from 1948 to 1994, nevertheless placed them above the black majority.