Pietermaritzburg is the capital of and second-largest city in KwaZulu-Natal. It has one of the largest populations of Indian South Africans in South Africa.
On 7 June 1893, while Mahatma Gandhi was on his way to Pretoria, a white man objected to Gandhi’s presence in a first-class carriage. Despite Gandhi having a first-class ticket, he was ordered by the conductor to move to the van compartment at the end of the train: he refused, and he was removed from the train at Pietermaritzburg.
Shivering through the winter night in the waiting room of the station, Gandhi made the momentous decision to stay on in South Africa and fight the racial discrimination against Indians there. Out of that struggle emerged his unique version of nonviolent resistance, Satyagraha. Today, a bronze statue of Gandhi stands in Church Street, in the city centre.
Some of the area’s tourist attractions include the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, City Hall, Colonial Buildings, Imperial Hotel, Comrades House and SANBI Botanical Gardens.
Attractions in the surrounding areas include Albert Falls Nature Reserve, Howick Falls, Midmar Public Nature Reserve, Queens Elizabeth Park and World’s View.
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