n Journal for Contemporary History - The struggle for democracy in the Northern Cape during the eighties
|Article Title||The struggle for democracy in the Northern Cape during the eighties|
|© Publisher:||University of the Free State|
|Journal||Journal for Contemporary History|
|Author||Pieter Coetzer and Leo Barnard|
|Publication Date||Sep 2008|
|Pages||17 - 32|
The Northern Cape made no major contribution to the attainment of a democratic dispensation in South Africa during the eighties. A closer look at the geography and demography of the province explains this apparent anomaly. The Northern Cape is the largest of the nine provinces, covering almost 30% of the country's surface area. At the same time, however, it has the smallest population, with 840 000 people, which represent 2,1% of the country's population. In addition, most inhabitants are Afrikaans-speaking (70%), with the so-called coloureds (almost 52%) as the dominant group. Political mobilisation in this part of the country was especially encumbered by the vastness of the area and the very low population density of only 2,3 persons per square kilometre.
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