n Cabo - Mud, glorious mud : Cape Town, Winter, 1977

Volume 2016, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0379-4830


In the winter of 1977, one of the most severe of Cape winters, the South African government began a process of demolition of shacks in informal settlements (then known as "squatter camps") which housed African people, mainly from the Transkei and Ciskei "homelands". Most of the men in these settlements were in Cape Town legally and were legally employed. However, they were not content to live in hostels or other single quarters, and had brought their wives and young children to live with them, which was possible only in the informal settlements, but illegal. Some men and most of the women worked informally or were seeking work, and were in Cape Town illegally. The Western Cape was then a Coloured Labour Preference area and closed to all "bantu" other than those with specific permission to work there.

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