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Indian-origin pioneering Tamil scholar dies in South Africa

Cundasamy Kuppusami, who died on Saturday, began his career as a teacher and went on to become the first inspector of schools in the Department of Indian Education when the system was still segregated by race in the apartheid era. The South African-Indian community is mourning the death of Kuppusami. He was also a prolific author on education in the Indian community and Tamil culture among the Indians in South Africa.

Among his most popular books which are still sought after are ‘A Short History of Indian Education’, ‘Religions, Customs and Practices of South African-Indians’ and ‘The Three Pillars of Tamil’.

Kuppusami was a founder member and the longest serving member of the South African-Tamil Federation (SATF). His funeral will take place on Monday in Durban. 
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