“Naan paavamum ille, kuzhanthaiyum ille”-
“I am not Poor nor am I a child”
Valliamma Munuswami Mudliar – 1898-1914
The Tamil Federation of Gauteng kindly requests your presence at the unveiling of the bust, for our great young Leader Valliamma Munuswami Mudliar, who fought and died for the Freedom of South Africa. In recognition of her selfless contribution towards the democracy of South Africa, the TFG will recognise women who played a similar role as Valliamma did. Refreshments will be served.
- Date: 24th September 2014
- Time: 15h00 – 18h00
- Venue: Saiva Sithanda Sungum,, 25 Smarag Ave, Extension 5, Lenasia, 1829
- Veena Naidoo 0798863178 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sugeshnee Parmal 0722639359 / email@example.com
Born to Indian Emigrants from Tamil Nadu, India, Mudaliar grew up inJohannesburg. She was named after the village her mother came from in India, Thillaiyadi. As she entered her teenage years in South Africa, Valliammai became increasingly aware of the oppressive system she and her family were living under.
When Mudaliar was sixteen she joined her mother and a large group of other women in an illegal march from the Transvaal to Natal. In October 1913, once again mother and daughter were part of the second batch of women who marched to Natal. They were arrested and sentenced to three months of hard labour at the Pietermaritzburg prison. Mudaliar fell ill soon after her conviction but refused an offer to be released early. She died on 22 February 1914, soon after her release from prison. Gandhi, who visited her at her death bed, designed the Indian flag with the colours of Mudaliar’s sari which she had held up in defiance, not having a flag.