During the apartheid era, ‘Cape Coloured’ was an official ethnic designation for race-classification purposes, being one of the sub-groups of the ‘Coloured’ group.
A.participial adjectival phraseOf or pertaining to people of mixed ethnic descent, speaking Afrikaans or English as home language, and (usually) resident in the Western Cape; particularly, those who are not followers of Islam.Cf. Cape Malayadjectival phrase. See also colouredparticipial adjective.
1897Lord A. Milner inC. HeadlamMilner Papers (1931) 89The better treatment of Cape Coloured people.
B.noun phrase, plural unchanged, or Cape Coloureds.A person of mixed ethnic descent, speaking Afrikaans or English as home language, and (usually) resident in the Western Cape; particularly, one who is not a follower of Islam; Capey sense 1 a; Malaynoun sense 2.See also colourednoun.
1946S. CloeteAfr. Portraits 15There was a special man-made race — the Cape Coloured, a bastard mixture of Malay, Hottentot, Bantu and European.
1949J. MockfordGolden Land 37The Malays are often tailors, carpenters and masons, while the Cape Coloureds are fishermen, farm hands and factory workers.
1954P. AbrahamsTell Freedom 279This year, 1938, was the year the South African Government made its first moves to deprive the Cape Coloureds of their right to vote on the same roll as the whites.
1966Van Heyningen & BerthoudUys Krige 114The Cape Coloureds are nearly all Afrikaans-speaking, but for the mass of them it is..an Afrikaans with English words and corruptions of English words freely mixed in, as well as a sort of slang of the slums, where large numbers of the ‘Coloureds’ live.
1971Post 7 Mar. 5Can any reader tell me what is the difference between a Cape Malay, Griqua, Baster, Cape Coloured, Other Coloured, and Mixed?
1989Frontline Apr. 32In my family there were brothers classified ‘Cape Coloured’ and others classified ‘Other Coloured’, which caused a problem because the ‘Cape Coloureds’ were supposed to be the real thing.
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