Indian South Africans Timeline: 1980-1989
December, 25,160 Indian families (over 60,000 people) had been relocated as a result of the Group Areas Act. In contrast, a mere 817 white families were resettled, mostly to better areas.
Billy Nair becomes active in the United Democratic Front (UDF) in the 1980s as a member of the Natal regional executive committee and served on the national executive as well. He was detained in August 1984, just before the Tricameral elections, with Archie Gumede, Mewa Ramgobin, Paul David, George Sewpershad and M.J. Naidoo. They occupied the British Consulate until 12 December.
August, Billy Nair was detained again after presenting a memorandum to foreign embassies calling on them to take action against the South African government. He was released on 9 October 1985 and went underground.
15 April, Sadhan Naidoo, son of MD and Phyllis Naidoo, was assassinated on an ANC farm in Zambia.