oa Kronos : Journal of Cape History - Die algemene verkiesing van 1994 en die "bruin" stem in die Wes-Kaap

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-0190



This article investigates voting patterns in the Western Cape during the general election of 1994 and explains why the African National Congress did not succeed in winning the majority of ""coloured"" votes in this province. The research is not quantitative, but rather an attempt to write contemporary socio-political history. It contrasts popular oversimplification with a wide variety of closely interwoven factors and relies mainly on the collected evidence of ""ordinary"" voters, party candidates and organisers, journalists and academics. Apart from the role of leadership, efficient party organisation, the support of the media, the stay-away vote and division within organised labour, long-term historical factors, the cultural gap (in terms of language, religion, ethnic consciousness and racism) between ""coloured"" and black residents of the Western Cape and fear of the ""black peril"" are shown to be the major reasons for the National Party victory.

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