1911H.H. JohnstonOpening Up of Africa 182There is at the present day, as the descendants of these slaves, a considerable population of ‘Cape boys’ (a mixture of Hottentots, Kafir, Fanti, Makua, Malagasy and whites), and Malays who are Muhammadans.
1929J.G. Van AlphenJan Venter 30Because the coloured or Cape boy has a strain of European blood, he gets almost all the privileges of the white man, including a parliamentary vote.
1931G. BeetGrand Old Days 75The Cape boy, Damon, Fleetwood Rawstorne’s cook, was a perfectly reliable servant when sober, but a perfect nuisance when ‘under the influence’.
1942J.A. BrownOne Man’s War (1980) 89I heard a Cape boy singing in a soft melodious voice, picking out his accompaniment on a guitar.
1958S. CloeteMask 86He hired two more Cape boys — a driver named Philip and a boy, Hendrik, to act as voorlooper — to lead the oxen.
1968L.G. GreenFull Many Glorious Morning 191The sounds of the old Hunter’s Road; the clatter of ox horns, the voices of the Cape boys.
1896Spectator (U.K.) 2 May 629A Cape ‘boy’ fighting at Bulawayo is..a coloured native enlisted and drilled within the Colony.
1897R.S.S. Baden-PowellMatabele Campaign 147First came an advance Force comprising the two corps of Cape Boys. Robertson and Colenbrander’s Cape Boys are natives and half-castes from the Cape Colony, mostly English-speaking, and dressed and armed like Europeans.
1933S.G. MillinRhodes (1936) 197There were also the troops under Goold Adams, the Bechuanas, the Cape Boys, and the friendly natives.
1946S. CloeteAfr. Portraits 155He neglected to add the troops under Major Gould Adams or the Bechuanas or the Cape Boys or the Dutch Freebooters.
1961T.V. BulpinWhite Whirlwind 306On his own he had already unofficially organised what was half-jocularly known as Colenbrander’s Cape Boys. This was simply a small scouting and defensive force of 150 men, Coloureds, Xhosas and Zulus.
4.A member of the Cape Boy Contingent, a body of ‘coloured’ men who served with the British in the defence of Mafeking.
1900E. RossDiary of Siege of Mafeking (1980) 135Last night, Currie and his Cape Boys occupied a trench about 200 yards in advance of their extreme outpost, and..so got the better of the enemy’s snipers.