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Gandhi Square

 Gandhi Sq, City Centre Johannesburg South Africa , City Centre     updated 28 Jun 2018
created 18 Apr 2010

Mahatma Gandhi's birth date on October 2 was marked in 2003 by the unveiling of Tinka Christopher’s bronze statue commissioned by the City of Johannesburg in the renamed Gandhi Square. The 2.5m work depicts a young Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi as a lawyer, a gown over his suit, and a book beneath his arm as he looks ahead. Once known as Government Square, this area housed the city’s law courts. Today it's the site of a commuter bus terminus. Gandhi came to South Africa in 1893. Over time he became active in the politics of resistance, calling for Indian and Chinese people (classified as non-white) to burn their pass (identity) books. He was tried, convicted and sentenced for this. He left for India In 1914 having shaped and established his policy of passive resistance, 'Satyagraha'. For more on Gandhi, see Satyagraha House.

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