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Indian Women Who was a part of Freedom Struggle to receive South Africa's highest National Order award

Fatima Meer, a lifelong friend of the late Nelson Mandela

South Africa, May 2 (UITV) - Two women who belongs to Indian-origin and had indulged in freedom struggle in South African were conferred the highest National Order awards by President Jacob Zuma on Friday.

First person is Fatima Meer, a lifelong friend of the late Nelson Mandela posthumously(after the death of the originator)received the Order of Luthuli in Silver.

Meer,  together with her husband Ismail Meer, started her activist career as a high school student aged 17 in 1945.

Meer mobilised high school students and established the Students Passive Resistance Committee to canvass and raise funds for the Passive Resistance Campaign against the enactment of the first Segregation Act which restricted their economic and residential rights to specific areas in the country.

Another person is Shantie Naidoo joined 21 others, who were part of a group who suffered at the hands of the apartheid-era security police who tortured them and held them in solitary confinement, to receive the same award at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria.

Naidoo is a descendant of Thambi Naidoo, one of Gandhi's most trusted lieutenants during his tenure in South Africa at the turn of the last century.

"My mother Amma Naidoo, inspired by my grandfather Thambi before her, was at the forefront of the historic Women's March to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in 1956 to protest the unjust anti-apartheid laws," Naidoo said.

"Her undying commitment to justice, freedom and equality was in turn an inspiration to me, my brother and sisters," said Naidoo, who recalled how she and her co-recipients had been subjected to frequent severe treatment while in detention, but never gave in or divulged any information about the anti-apartheid activities of the time.