JAIL LIFE IN SOUTH AFRICA

“ It was in South Africa that we suffered real imprisonment. We were abused and beaten, not by the prison staff but by Zulu prisoners with whom we were kept. The sanitary conveniences were of the crudest and without any privacy. ‘ One day I was uneasily seated when a Zulu prisoners came and pushed me with a slap. I fell and collided against a wall.

It was sheer good luck that my head was not broken or I would have bled profusely … My cell was hardly three or four feet broad and six feet long with no light at all and only a window near the roof for ventilation. Such cells were called isolation cells. I was surrounded by the worst type of criminals. One of these had thirty convictions to his credit … ‘

Even to the courts, Gandhiji was taken hand – cuffed.