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Gandhi S Africa house up for sale

Mohandas Gandhi in South Africa, 1902
Gandhi fought for the rights of Indians in South Africa

A house in South Africa where Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi lived in the early 1900s has been put up for sale.

The house's owner says she has failed to find an institution interested in preserving the building's legacy, so she is selling it on the open market.

Gandhi is thought to have lived there for three years from 1907 - when he began to formulate his philosophy of non-violent resistance.

He lived in South Africa for 21 years, working as a lawyer and activist.

He fought for the right of Indians in the country to be treated as citizens - a feat he eventually achieved before returning to his homeland.

1893 Arrives in South Africa
1894 Natal Indian Congress is established
1903 Weekly newspaper Indian Opinion starts
1907 Non-violent resistance against compulsory registration of Asians
1914 Returns to India

American artist Nancy Ball has lived in Gandhi's Johannesburg house for 25 years, but is now moving away.

She told South African paper the Times that Indians who had visited the house had always found it an interesting experience.

"We believe he left a lot of his peace here. It's a very special place," she said.

She attempted to drum up interest in the house among academics and the Indian community in South Africa, but says she has failed and will now sell on the private market.

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