Political parties in KwaZulu-Natal are going all out to woo Indian voters as the May 8 poll date nears. Though a small minority in national politics, the Indian votes play a crucial role in the province. According to figures from Stats SA published in 2018, the Indian or Asian population is just over 1.4-million, or 2.5% of the population. But in KwaZulu-Natal the Indian population constitutes more than 8% of the province’s population. KwaZulu-Natal is home to 70% of the country’s SA citizens of Indian descent, with the vast majority of these voters living in the Chatsworth and Phoenix areas of Durban. The province has 5.5-million registered voters and in the upcoming general elections the Indian vote could play a kingmaker’s role in the province, as it has done in all the elections since 1994. Historically the Indian vote has largely gone to the governing ANC. The two have a history, after fighting apartheid side by side. The Indian community has produced many leading lights in the...

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