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Was 'n Suid-Afrikaanse politikus. | Was a South African politician. Died in 2011.


Amichand Rajbansi Biography



Amichand Rajbansi (14 Januarie 1942 – 29 Desember 2011) was 'n Suid-Afrikaanse politikus. Hy is die voormalige Hoofminister van die Huis van Verteenwoordigers, wat die parlementêre kamer vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Indiërbevolking was. Hy was ook die leier van die Minority Front gewees.


Amichand Rajbansi, met die bynaam die Bengaalse tier, is gebore in Clairwood, Durban op 14 Januarie 1942. Hy voltooi sy skoolloopbaan aan die Clairwood Sekondêre skool en gradueer aan die destydse Indiër Universiteitkollege met geskiedenis en sielkunde as hoofvakke.


Na 'n loopbaan as 'n sportadministrateur, professionele sokkerafrigter, gemeenskapsleier, en in diens van plaaslike regeringstrukture word Rajbansi in 1974 tot die Indiërraad verkies. In 1976 bedank hy uit die Indiërraad in protes teen die inter-kabinetraad tussen die Indiërraad en die kabinet van Eerste Minister John Vorster. In 1981 stig hy die National Peoples Party (NPP) en word verkies tot die leier van dié party. Die NPP het aan die verkiesings vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Indiërraad deelgeneem en beheer oor die liggaam bekom.


In 1984, na die konstitusionele hervormings deur Eerste Minister Pieter Willem Botha het die NPP deelgeneem aan verkiesings vir die Huis van Verteenwoordigers, die Indiërbevolking se parlementêre kamer. Die NNP het die meerderheid setels in die Huis van Verteenwoordigers gewen. As gevolg hiervan word Rajbansi 'n lid van die Suid-Afrikaanse kabinet en voorsitter van die Ministersraad vir Indiërsake. Na die oorgang in Suid-Afrika na 'n volle inklusiewe demokrasie in 1994, is die NPP ontbind en vervang met die Minority Front, 'n party wat gedurende die 2009 verkiesing genoegsame steun in veral die Suid-Afrikaanse Indiërgemeenskap ontvang vir een setel in die parlement.


Na die 2004 verkiesings het Rajbansi 'n alliansie met die African National Congress (ANC) gevorm en is hy as lid van die uitvoerende raad vir sport en ontspanning van die KwaZulu-Natal Provinsie aangestel. In Januarie 2009 het die Indian International Friendship Society in New Delhi aan Rajbansi 'n Lifetime Achievement Award toegeken, die eerste ontvanger van dié toekenning in Afrika.


Hy is op Donderdag, 29 Desember 2011 om 10:10 aan natuurlike oorsake oorlede, nadat hy in Oktober in Durban se Umhlanga-hospitaal met brongitis opgeneem is.







Amichand Rajbansi (14 January 1942 – 29 December 2011) was a South African politician. He was a former Chief Minister of the House of Delegates Tricameral parliamentary chamber for Indian people, and leader of the Minority Front.


Amichand Rajbansi, nicknamed the Bengal Tiger, was born in Clairwood, Durban on 14 January 1942. He attended Clairwood Secondary School and the Indian University College to study History and Psychology as major subjects.


After a long service as a sports administrator, professional soccer referee, civic leader, and serving in local government structures dealing with local affairs, Rajbansi was elected to the South African Indian Council in 1974. This council was rejected by most Indians. In 1976 Rajbansi resigned from the Indian Council protesting the inter Cabinet council between the Indian Council and government cabinet of Prime Minister John Vorster. In 1981 he formed the National People's Party (NPP) and was elected leader of this new party. The NPP successfully competed for the election to the South African Indian Council and took control of SAIC, although only 6% of the Indian electorate participated in the 1981 elections for the Council.


In 1984, following Prime Minister PW Botha's constitutional reforms, the NPP stood for the newly constituted House of Delegates, the Indian only parliamentary chamber, and won the majority of seats in the House. As a result, Rajbansi became member of the South African Cabinet and chairman for the Ministers' Council for Indian Affairs.


After South Africa's transition to multi-racial democracy in 1994, the NPP became the Minority Front and continued to draw support from parts of the Indian community.


After the 2004 elections, Rajbansi made an alliance with the African National Congress and he became MEC for Sports and Recreation for KwaZulu-Natal Province. In January 2009, Mr Rajbansi received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the India International Friendship Society in New Delhi, in recognition of his selfless service to humanity. He was the only African to receive this award.


On 29 December 2011, Rajbansi died from natural causes.



Rajbansi was formerly married to Asha Devi, a journalist and popular figure in local government. Devi spoke to Jani Allan in an interview published by the Sunday Times in the 1980s about her affection for her husband. She referred to her husband as "her hero". "Even if it means sleeping on a bed of nails or walking on coals for him, I will do it ... I will always stand by him." They also had four daughters and a son together. Their relationship soured when Devi joined the IFP. The couple separated in 1998, with political and alleged paranoramal activity in their marital home being cited as reasons attributed to their separation. The couple divorced in 2000. A year later Rajbansi married Shameen Thakur.


In 2003 Rajbansi's ex-daughter-in-law, Karnagie Tandree was strangled to death Police have deliberated over both murder and suicide as a cause of the death.



6 November 2008

updated: 2013-04-22

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