This is a reminder that the Cape Coloureds
, whose right to vote had been removed with the passing of the Separate Representation of Voters Act in 1956, are also Afrikaans speakers.
My first realisation of the hatred behind the regime, came when I met some of the Cape coloureds
, the name given to those of mixed race, who were beautiful and reminded me of the melting pot of people in Brazil.
Under a complex balance of internal factors--with blacks, from the Zulus to the so-called Cape Coloureds
and others as divided as the Boers and Britons and the other whites--modern Afrikaners made a correct reading of the situation arising from the withdrawal of the Portuguese--their oldest next-door white colonial neighbours--and the fall of the white "rebel" regime in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
The waters muddied still further with the selection of the Test sides for the first three games, with the impatient politicians only partly appeased by the presence in the squads of Cape coloureds
Herschelle Gibbs and Paul Adams.
And Northerns manager James Saul believes his squad - packed with Cape Coloureds
- can prove at the Greenyards that they should be given recognition on merit rather than legal decree.
Instead it should be able to compete with other centres and provide an environment which could bridge the traditional divide (reinforced by buffer zones of road and rail between the black communities to the east and the mixed-race, Cape Coloureds
living west of the station).