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No buyers for Gandhi’s house in South Africa

A house in Johannesburg, where Mahatma Gandhi had lived for three years when he was in South Africa, has been put up for sale by the owner, but it has so far found no takers with even the Indian-origin community members showing little interest in buying it.

world Updated: Jul 28, 2009 00:12 IST

A house in Johannesburg, where Mahatma Gandhi had lived for three years when he was in South Africa, has been put up for sale by the owner, but it has so far found no takers with even the Indian-origin community members showing little interest in buying it.

Hidden away on a quiet street in Orchards, north of central Johannesburg, the house was designed by Gandhi's confidant and architect Hermann Kallenbach. Its distinct thatched roofs and rondavel style gave the house its informal name The Kraal. Gandhi lived in the house with Kallenbach for three years from 1908.

The owner of the house Nancy Ball, who has been living in the house for the past 25 years, wants to move to Cape Town and she has put the house on the market after failing to attract someone with an interest in preserving its historical legacy, the Times newspaper reported.

However, she did not reveal the price of the house. She enlisted the support of Stephen Gelb, founding director of the Centre of Indian Studies in Africa at the University of Witwatersrand, on a voluntary basis, to try to find a suitable buyer. Gelb tried to solicit the interest of prominent Indians in South Africa and even explored the possibility of Wits acquiring the property for use as a residence for visiting professors.