Dr. Kasavello Goonam

Dr. Kasavello Goonam

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by George M. Houser
Durban, South Africa
September 1954
Type: Photograph
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Language: English
Europeans Only
Dr. Kasavello Goonam (center), an activist among Indian women in the Natal Indian Congress, with friends standing by a Europeans Only bench in Durban in September 1954. A forceful speaker, she was imprisoned during the Indian passive resistance campaign in 1946 and again during the Defiance Campaign in 1952. She went into exile in the 1970s and, after Zimbabwe's independence, worked as surgeon in a hospital in Harare. She returned to Durban after the African National Congress (ANC) was unbanned and was active in public affairs until her death after the first democratic elections in South Africa. She authored Coolie Doctor: An Autobiography, (Durban: Madiba Publications, 1991) ISBN: 0958316937
Used by permission of George M. Houser.
Collection: Private collection of George M. Houser