Dating sites for coloureds
The review you are about to read comes to you courtesy of H-Net -- its reviewers, review editors, and publishing staff. These were the views of apartheid's planners and retain their resonance for most South Africans today, including many whom self-identify as Coloured. Mohamed Adhikari's work attempts a corrective to this kind of de-contextualized portrayal and assessment of Coloured politics and identity.
If you appreciate this service, please consider donating to H-Net so we can continue to provide this service free of charge. In --a slim volume of 187 pages--Adhikari attempts to place Colouredness as a product, not of any biological process such as "mixture," but rather as one of the politics of the last century or so.
Then the major political actors--both the ANC and the NP--openly courted Coloureds Coloureds.
(For a long time being Coloured was associated with stigma both by whites and blacks, including Coloureds themselves, hence the prefix "so-called").
The ANC (and some observers) thus seemed justified in expecting overwhelming Coloured support for the organization in 1994.
One explanation for post-1994 Coloured political behavior lies in the different regimes of domination that the colonial and apartheid regimes maintained for its subject "races;" regimes that in turn highlighted and cemented differences in the way people experienced apartheid oppression or enjoyed degrees of "relative privilege." (The term "privilege" should be used cautiously, however; relative oppression might be more apt.) In 1948, when the NP came into power on its electoral platform of Apartheid, it quickly introduced a slew of laws on residential segregation, classifying of the "races," employment, and education.
But growing support for the ANC among more rural-based Coloureds and the actions of a range of Coloured politicians who abandoned the NP for the ANC and the Democratic Alliance (DA), also clearly had significant effects on the respective outcomes.
A second explanation for recent Coloured political behavior and identity traces it to the transition of the early 1990s, a period that would witness the fundamental reordering of South Africa's political landscape.
Renewed interest by academics and journalists in Coloured identity and politics was triggered by the results of the inaugural democratic elections in 1994. In those elections, the votes of a plurality of Coloureds (alongside the majority of whites) ensured that the National Party (NP)--the party of apartheid--won the right to govern the Western Cape.
The result also secured for the NP a prominent position in the first "government of national unity" with F. de Klerk as one of two deputy-presidents and prevented the African National Congress (ANC) from gaining a two-thirds electoral majority nationally.
But it proved effective nonetheless as De Klerk "apologized" for apartheid and the NP emphasized its Christian roots, something that played well with a large section of the Coloured community.
Finally, the NP also played on fears that working-class Coloureds had of competition from Africans for dwindling resources.But during the next two election cycles--19--the ANC first ousted the NP and then consolidated its hold over the Western Cape provincial government, with the help of Coloured voters.It might be true that lower turnout among Coloureds as well as an expanding African population in the province had much to do with the latter two election results.That is, Adhikari also targets attempts to "do away" with Coloured identity, as by proclaiming it a species of false consciousness.