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Khoisan History X

by Monishia Schoeman, images by Roxzy Lok / 21.09.2010

There’s a stirring amongst the people, a restlessness that is escalating and breaking the silence of the oppressed descendants of Southern Africa’s first inhabitants – the Khoi, more commonly referred to as “coloured” people today, have made a stand for the right to be recognized.

“The revolution will not be televised…” are the words by Gil Scott Heron that wring through my head as I disembark from the Metro train on Cape Town station en route to the march for Khoi people’s liberation on the morning of Saturday, 4th September 2010. I glance at strangers all around, some who look like me but who are clearly heading in a different direction of life and of the CBD. I can’t help but wonder whether it’s all in vain – this business – but simultaneously I remember where I come from and where I need to be.

As I walk up Darling Street I can feel the atmosphere changing all around, and suddenly I see people in yellow t-shirts holding banners stating ‘Khoisan Rights Now!’ which lets me know I’m heading in the right direction. All along the road I look at the faces of women and men, who look like family, and I realize that these are my living ancestors staring back at me through ancient, slanted eyes reflecting my own; I acknowledge this and walk on with a bit more urgency in my stride.

Khoisan March on Parliament

The masses of people are all geared up with placards, posters, banners, drums, flags, and horns as I reach the point of departure near the Distrix Café in Kaizergracht Street. All ranges of generations are present: mothers, fathers, children, old and young all ready to stand up for their rights.

As the procession began shortly after 10am we were lead by a truck with a representative who directed a series of call and response chants asserting the basis for the march clearly to the on-looker and passer-by. Along Darling Street we stopped opposite the Castle Building, just before the Buitenkant Street turn-off, where we were told that the spot we stood on was the same place where our ancestors were brutally killed and buried hundreds of years ago. The march snaked up Buitenkant Street and down Roeland until we reached the gates of Parliament.

Khoisan March

At Parliament the masses of people were addressed by representatives to clarify some of the more specific reasons for the march: this year marks the 500th Anniversary of the battle of Gorinhaiqua, during which Portuguese militarist Francisco D’Almeida and all his men were conquered in a conflict with the Cape Khoi on 1st March 1510; a memorandum was read, signed and handed to a representative of parliament and the presidency stating a concise list of demands for the indigenous identity of the Khoi to be recognized and for people to be repatriated; the derogatory label of “coloured” to be removed; the memorandum states that Khoi people should have the right to recognition and control of Khoi heritage; traditional Khoi leaders must be recognized and equated to all other South African traditional leaders.

Zenzile Khoisan lead the address with fervent conviction as the crowds cheered at the denouncement of the “coloured” term and the cry for general, long-overdue recognition of the indigenous peoples. The Rastafarian movement was ever-present with red, gold and green flags flying high alongside Khoi chiefs from far and wide who spoke of promises delivered by several Democratic South African presidents since 1994 regarding reparation and reconciliation…never to be seen. The empty promises are plenty but the delivery is more barren than a rain-less desert. I wondered if it is because of the nature of a peaceful people who refused to compromise the spirit of unity that ironically lead to their brutal division by the need of the greedy to conquer? What has become of the world if it’s first people are no longer recognized as such? How do we proceed forward when our leaders, who were once freedom fighters, refuse to acknowledge and seemingly so easily forget what it feels like to become invisible whilst still alive?
We sang and we stomped and we burned mpepho to invoke the spirits of our ancestors as the march proceeded toward the Company Gardens for a celebratory renaming of the gardens to Gogosoa Gardens, after the great Khoi chief.


I left the Gogosoa Gardens in the afternoon as the performances were about to commence. The elated smiling faces of energized people on the precipice of a brand new old revolution stayed with me and joined the many mixed emotions I felt in my mind and heart. I wondered about the old Kalahari chief who spoke so emotively of the plight of our people with the wrinkles of his face signifying ancient and humble wisdom beyond comprehension; of the beautiful, copper-skin young girl who sang a Rastafarian freedom song with her parents and the expression in her eyes denoting that she held the secrets of our future.

Khoi Futures

*All images © Roxzy Lok.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Do you really think that the ANC, who don’t give a shit about their own people, are going to spend 2 seconds even looking in your direction?

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  2. Anonymous says:

    I bet you are fat, white and wearing “vellies” whilst sitting in your o-so-comfy chair, sipping your way-too-strong-brandy&coke.
    Are you the ANC? Do you work for the ANC? Have u ever personally spoken to the leaders of our country and asked them what they feel for the Khoi, Zulu or Xhosa people??
    No, you are probably making these wild accusations based on what you hear in the 19h00 news on SABC2.

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  3. freddied says:

    nice article!
    the Khoisan needed this for a while, they are after all the first true South Africans.
    too often the wisdom and heritage of the KhoiSan is forgotten and ignored!
    (don’t quite get the Rasta connection, but hey, Aweh!)

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  4. Brett says:

    Although I feel like it needs a follow up (because I want you to give me more to read haha) I love this article.

    The “race issue” in South Africa fascinates me.

    As a born and bred Capetonian, I grew up with the idea that people the colour of chocolate and coffee were blacks, people the colour of bread and pizza dough were whites, and all the people in between were coloureds. I like to think of this colour as strong tea with milk. This isn’t a racist comment. I like tea, coffee, pizza and bread. These are good things.

    I remember noticing the difference in junior school when we had our “singing classes” (all children including Jews, Muslims, and Hindus were required to sing Christian songs) and certain groups of these coloured children would remain silent. My parents explained to me that it was wrong for the school to expect these children to sing songs from a different religion. I agreed but wasn’t one hundred percent certain so I left the issue alone (as most ten year olds would).

    Years later, in high school, I remember a fight breaking out at break time between two people most South Africans would have considered to be coloured. It was between a Cape Malay student and an Indian student. One had made a racial slur to the other. I can’t remember who started it and I don’t care. Teenagers call each other horrible things all the time and the two made up and were friends again soon after. Racist remarks are the ammunition of cowards.

    So I’m sitting there in Matric thinking that we’ve all been raised to assume people who aren’t white or black are coloureds… but here we’ve got a whole bunch of different race groups just filed under one name… like the Khoi, or the Indians, or the Cape Malay people.

    It’s weird, right?

    But is there a racial group in South Africa that are coloured? A full generation of mixed-race people? I’m quite sure there are. But we don’t call them Maori because they look like New Zealanders, do we?

    South Africa confuses me and I’ve lived here for 25 years. Help!

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  5. Anonymous says:

    is this Monishia as in Eavesdrop that wrote this? now thats the tallest “Khoisan” i’ve laid my eyes on;-)

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  6. no says:

    rasta’s make colourds look cheap

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  7. Katie Melua's Excessive Eyeshadow says:

    We can’t even manage to return homes to those disposessed in the ’60s, and the so-called Khoisan want “repatriation”?

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  8. dylan says:

    Did you hear about the Khoi who went on a blind date with a San?

    They just clicked.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    er, cos the anc don’t give a shit about their own xhosas and zulu’s, that’s how i know. and if you don’t know that or can’t see that, then you probably are the anc you chop

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  10. Monate says:

    eish white people… and correct me if I’m wrong here, but all the anonymouses, no, katie melua and dylan – you’re all white, right? That’s just a hunch. You display what me and Juju call “white tendencies” in your comments. But you all think so damn tribal, you’re acting the way us darkies are supposed to…

    I wonder if you had more black and “coloured” friends, if you would still have the audacity to be so cynical, flippant and dismissive of this cause. To you, esteemed privileged ones, or should I say settlers, the rights of the Khoisan, South Africa’s first people, are but a joke, black people can’t govern themselves and we’re all just waiting in line to loot and pillage state resources and then your private property, Mugabe style. I have one word for you. Voetsek!

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  11. Anonymous says:

    “voetsek” is afrikaans…

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  12. Andy says:

    and your point is what, exactly? Afrikaans is a black language.

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  13. Anonymous says:

    That’s an interesting view on it. It has a European language base…Dutch and Flemish….

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  14. Andy says:

    Afrikaans used to be known as “Kombuis Nederlands” – as in the Dutch that was spoken in the kitchen – by the slaves. Uppity Burghers back in the day preferred to speak Dutch. Afrikaans was invented on the lips of those who learnt Dutch as a second or third language. More black people speak Afrikaans than white. Afrikaans is just indigenous South African creole.

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  15. Katie Melua's Youthful Reserve says:

    Monate, chill dude. My point here is that South Africa is still struggling with very recent issues of specific property rights that only go back a few decades. Surely these need to get sorted out so that the actual individuals who were dispossessed get satisfaction before we begin to consider any form of redress for broader communities? There are people who used to live in District Six who are still alive today, I would suggest that their right to corrective action supercedes that of someone whose great-great-great…great-grandfather owned something that was taken.

    Right, and my reference to “so-called” Khoisan is not a diss but an accurate reference to a very real dilemma. What percentage of South Africa’s population can honestly say that they are uniquely derived from this ethnic group? Particularly those living in the Cape Town metropole? As someone else pointed out in this comment space, “coloured” does not equal Khoisan. Most of us (including so-called whites) are a mixture of a wide variety of ethnicity, so to choose one ethnic label that only really has historical relevance and to build an argument for redress around it alone is simply naive and impractical.

    Monate, you make sweeping assumptions and accusations about our heritage and our attituides based on a few comments. The sick irony here is that the very attitude that you accuse us of is what you center you comments on. Try to let go of your indignation and your anger and you’ll find that your hypocrisy will disappear a lot more easily too.

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  16. Anonymous says:

    Ageed, but I would hardly call a language that is 90-95% Dutch a black language…

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  17. edgar allen poes says:

    Laying claim to something as a cultural group is usually supported by unique cultural practices. Language is the most obvious of these, but there are others such as cuisine, dress, dance, spiritual belief etc. Do these self-professed members of the Khoisan nation actively practice any of the above in a manner that bears some direct relation to those of the Khoisan prior to the colonisation of the Western Cape?

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  18. K says:

    Afrikaans is not a ‘Black Language’, it’s a World Language/South African Creole as Andy said, with plenty of influences from Dutch, French, Malay and Zulu. Afrikaans is incomprehensible to most Dutch speakers.

    Katie Melua’s Youthful Reserve:
    “Most of us (including so-called whites) are a mixture of a wide variety of ethnicity, so to choose one ethnic label that only really has historical relevance and to build an argument for redress around it alone is simply naive and impractical.”

    Absolute nonsense. It’s okay to say this when you’ve never had to fight for your identity and had your humanity and culture stripped of you, for Black and Coloured South Africans it’s an entirely different story. Yes ethnicity is a social construct but to be so simplistic about things really just beggars belief. When you’ve been brutally stripped of your humanity and have finally been allowed 15 minutes to claim something as your own then some liberal high on identity theory comes along and says something like that, just sucks. Let them be.

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  19. Bam says:

    nobody here is talking about the issues at hand
    khoi and san are a different ethnic people
    and the race issue here is a little off topic

    the deal is that if we talk about and restitution, the khoi and san would need to be repatriated with much larger pieces of land than all other south african communities, however we become very selective in the facts represented
    politicians use facts to further there OWN PERSONAL (financial) agenda (not even the “peoples”)
    let’s not pretend for a second that Juju or any other politician cares for any spectrum of the south african citizenry, other than to accumulate power, domination and money

    to now think that the anc, government or any other political group/ figure is going to release any power for the benefit of the people is ludicrous and this is most acutely illustrated by the disenfranchisement of the san and khoi people and communities of this country

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  20. Michael says:

    Some clarity is still needed about terminology. “Khoisan” is an amalgamation adopted in linguistic studies to refer to Khoi (which means “people”) and San (a Nama word for “Bushmen”). However some object that in Nama (the only Khoi language with a large number of remaining speakers) the word “San” is derogatory, denoting mere hunter-gatherers, whereas the Nama themselves were proudly pastoral.

    A friend who was at the event described above says the slogans called out were “Khoi-Khoi”, “Boesman” and “First Nations”.

    Finally let me add that although it was good that the Gorinhaiqua were commemorated, and the Namaqua were represented, they were outnumbered by a group overlooked by historians, the Jamaiqua.

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  21. mary says:

    Its high time the Khoi San get recognized. A few years ago, on the Knysna coast, A 2000 year old skeleton of a khoisan teenager was dug up by developers and left in a heap, destroying any archeological info about the burial site. The developers say- yes we had been told by the Heritage crowd, not to dig the swimmingpool and septic tanks into this ancient midden,, but those darn labourers of ours just disobeyed us. They thought those bones were from a baboon. So: Developer gets off scot free, bones are gone and forgotten by most. Nelson Mandela has a well publicised holiday with the developer, overlooking the damaged san midden which now has a turquoise pool ontop of it. This is all true. So yes, the Khoi san are a truly forgotten and uncared for people in SA. I may be “white”, but I also have khoi san ancestry and am proud of it.

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  22. mary says:

    Khoi or San or Khoi Khoi or whatever you choose to call our indegenous people- its just a name. It is not engraved into the skeletons that are found so “khoi-san” is meant to mean indigenous- or “here first”.

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  23. Grumpy Pants says:

    You’re all just a bunch of multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-linguistical hotheads with chips on your shoulders confusing facts through your clouded lenses. Stop shooting your mouths off and start shaking hands!

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  24. Andy says:

    let’s hear it for Grumpy Pants!

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  25. marguerite says:

    Most South Africans have Khoisan or San roots. They are a very important part of our heritage and genetic fibre. I love the round heart shaped face of the San and the ancient wisdom. Long live our Khoisan heritage!

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  26. Anonymous says:

    Many of these ‘cool, liberal’ comments smack of white guilt. Im just saying.

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  27. Bam says:

    what if some of the comments are not made by white?

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  28. mary says:

    geez does it matter, whether the comments are by pink purple or yellow? We are all safricans, we are one people. Get over your race obsession. And yes, all white people over the age of 40 or so, should carry around some guilt till they die, because apartheid was an evil system that has done untold damage to our psyches. just read these comments for proof of that.

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  29. Kobus says:

    The term ‘Bushman’ is traced back to the 17th century Dutch term for oran utan, ‘Boschman’. If an ignorant, illiterate person calls him or herself a ‘Kaffir’, a ‘Hotnot’ or a ‘Coolie’, it means that he or she needs serious political education. Phantsi ‘Boesman’, Phantsi !

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  30. Michael says:

    Kobus, I share your dislike for the origin of the term, but understand that the reason it has lingered on to the point of being adopted by putative descendants of those insulted by the Dutch, is that the numerous groups thus referred to had no collective term for their shared ethnicity, not being brainwashed into obsessive classification as we are. Each of the groups may have had its local identity, but outside of that were just “people”. Hence the dilemma of those wanting to identify with that ethnic group, in this age of obsession. Though you patronise them as ignorant/illiterate, you offer no alternative.

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  31. CHRISTY says:

    Everybody wants a stake of South Africa. But who does it really belong to? Black, White, Coloured, Indian? Who are the true inhabitants of South Africa? Who is the Settlers? If there is a claim to the land then who is the rightful owners? Wind, sun, rain and storms can’t destroy the evidence of rock art and DNA (so called coloured, boesman, hottentot)

    Think its time for us so called coloureds to stand up and reclaim what is rightfully ours. Sick and tired of being seen as sitting on the fence.

    First the white settlers then the black settlers. We think its time for us to move into our rightful places and own and run our own country. We and the settlers are well aware of the fact that the world court knows that we are the first indigenous inhabitants of South Africa.

    What did we benefit from the 2010 World Cup? What do you think the whole world think what South Africa is all about? Black Settles, Where did the indigenous feature? What roles did we play? What development was there for the indigenous? Soccer fields, schools, houses, etc.
    Fair enough for the black settlers to rule, but there is no room for us. Black, Indian and white broadcasting channels. Fundraising and charities, where do we fit? No visible upliftment in our communities.

    No offence to anyone just want some honest and fair answers

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  32. commander says:

    things are really biginning to disturb us so called coloureds. there is simply no space for us . politically,historically, and in the future. our youth does not have direction because we are afraid to tell them that they have 100% claim in this country. if they are thought this values, we wil have a strong future and reclaim our position as nr1 in this country. they apply for jobs,bursaries, etc, but are turned off. who are we?why are we silent?why are we ignored?we need to stand up now.we own this country, we are not foreign.arise and rule !!!!

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  33. Madam x says:

    Christy, Commander , guys, what are we going to do about this? any suggestions out there, I think its our time now!

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  34. CHRISTY says:

    Like your spirit Madam X , Commander, We, if you’ll agree start preaching and educate our so called coloured community from yesteryear, that’s how serious this matter is. Malema can talk shit without hesitation’ they racist they racist your a ‘smoll’ boy!!! .We are the indigenous of this country, lets take our stand now what ever the weather I’m not afraid lets take what’s ours right now. I know that there are thousands of us that are sick and tired of being ruled by settlers one’s again I WILL SECRIFIES MY LIFE FOR MY INDIGENOUS POEPLE IF THEY TAKE A STAND AND FIGHT WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY OURS !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Like your spirit Madam X , We, if your’ll agree start preaching and educate our so called coloured community from yesteryear, that’s how serious this matter is. Malema can talk shit without hasition’ they races’t they races’t your a smoll boy !!! .We are the indigenous of this country, lets take our stand now what ever the weather I’m not afraid lets take whats ours right now. I know that there are thousands of us that are sick and tired of being ruled by settlers one’s again I WILL SECRIFIES MY LIFE FOR MY INDIGENOUS POEPLE IF THEY TAKE A STAND AND FIGHT WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY OURS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  35. Madam x says:

    For da kullid folks

    My mense staan voor baie deure wat gesluit is,

    Sommige het hulle vir hulself gesluit,

    Sommige is deur andere vir hulle gesluit;

    Maar ons gaan dit almal saam oopkry, al moet dit hoe is!

    Al moet daar pyn is, al moet daar stryd is!

    Omdat ek ‘n Kullid is!

    I was here before oom Van Riebeeck came,

    I was here roaming all these plains.

    I was here when uncle Shaka came,

    In this land, long before everyone came, I was the flame!

    I am a Coloured!

    I owe my being to the Khoi and the San, to the slaves from Java, Madagascar and Batavia. My DNA is richly shaped from the miscegenation of White and Black; the coming together of the Swati and the British, Indian and Tsonga, Chinese and Sotho, Pedi and Scottish, Portuguese and Shangaan, German and Ndebele, Boer and Zulu, Venda, Tswana and Xhosa. Yet, those who formed me, deny me – deny me my true freedom, and deny me equality in this my own motherland…

    This is who I am, even when I’m alone as a stone:

    I am a Coloured!

    My name, my classification, was willfully and disdainfully bestowed on me, making me the laughing stock as an in-between person – not white enough, not black enough. Yet even the ridiculed name I proudly make my own.

    I tell you today, if no one else is this today,

    I am a Coloured!

    This is who I am – from Bonteheuwel to Springbok, van Buysdorp, deur Westernburg tot die laaste fisher town. From Eldos to Mitchells Plain, to the leveled plains of the Free State, tot waar die Heidedal. From Wentworth tot die Baai. Ek staan in die Poort van Eersterust, loop soos ‘n profeet in Nasaret en where ever I lay my head, that’s my Homestead. Ek is rusteloos in Rusteval, ek maak vuur in Houtbaai en soek my Toekomsrus all over die show. Ek’s beautiful in Beaufort-Wes se rustige Rustdene. Ek stel my saak in Stellenbosch, tot die klerke in Klerksdorp hoor offie Alabama kom offie. Kry my in Keimoes, sien my in Roodepan, meet my in Danville, orals park ek. Ek’s in Grassy Park, Reiger Park, Florian Park, Eden Park en ek brag in Brentpark. Tune jou, ek’s sommer die hele parke vol en maak my eie Woodlands. Ek blom op Bruin-ou.com, 24/7. Die Kaapse Son steek my, maar hier sal en gaan ek wees soos ek mos wil, in Bellville en in Bronville, in Shauderville en in Nelsville. Ek bly hier soos in Blydeville. Ek is wat ek is, regdeur Mzansi.

    For sho!

    I am a Coloured!

    Mandela en elkeen wat die feite ken,

    sal jou vertel wie ek is, en die waarheid beken.

    I am a descendant of the first political prisoner on Robben Island, Harry die Strandloper; of onse arme Saartjie Baartman, who was brazenly ridiculed on many continents; of Jan Bantjes wie se naam getjap is op ‘n straat in Lichtenburg. I descend from the agterryers wat met die Boere die British ge-fight het; from the 1976 uprising where my brothers were killed in Noordgesig, al praat julle nou heeldag lank kamstig net van Hector Peterson – al check julle nie meer my contribution tot die freedom mission; I even descent from the longest standing army in Mzansi’s history – die SAKK; from the founding of the United Democratic Front, en hiermee moet ek jou straight confront… Why do you still treat me as an outcast?

    No matter what,

    I remain a Cullard!

    All my dreams I am denied,

    through al die tik-tik gemors en one-sided affirmative action, I find my plight;

    denied, excluded, here in your full sight.

    Here I stand today, prepared to be what I am, even if my own and other demons I must fight.

    I’ll fight you if you want to artificially create another strata of Colouredness;

    I’ll fight you if you want to use my people with your empty promises.

    I’ll unite my people for their own better good, and get my anties in a better mood.

    With all South Africa I want to live in fairness and mutual respect, for after all we’re indeed one big brotherhood.

    I accept that none of us is the main-ou,

    but together we can be the great-ou.

    So take my hand and refuse me not, and I’ll help you paint that long lost last colour of our rainbow nation.

    I am a Coloured!

    Through my creolisation I brought you Afrikaans, and some took it from me.

    I make you pickle fish like no other. I give you the Cape Coons in all their glamour. And now I take my language back, I re-invent it for all to enjoy…

    “en hosh, my sizza en my broe, ek dalla jou die hele storie,

    slat jou in technicolour my hele movie, die volle mollevisie.

    Wie kan blom soos ek right-through al die opposisie?

    Dis hoe dit is, die saak is soos kakduidelik.co.za, duidelik soos daylight.

    Al hals wie my ook en maak my swak, ek gwarra jou terug, want

    jy check, ek lyk net dof, eintlik is ek blind bright.”

    Ek is ‘n Coloured!

    “Aweh, ma-se-nis! Izzit nie kla so nie?

    Notch my nctsa.

    Ek baaiza nie, my bra.

    Al lê die berge nog so blou,

    En al lyk die lewe soms so grou –

    Deur alles speel ek my part!

    ‘Cause ék, ek is nat geslat!”

    Ek is ‘n Coloured!

    Call me not… a so-called Coloured. Ek’s nie een van daais wat deurmekaar is oor my ID nie. So, see me not as… an unidentifiable citizen, a so-called entity, a so-called being – dan’s jy heavy confused, for you can’t have a Rainbow nation without the Bruin-ou nation.

    Let those grand academics – daais wat die domste boeke blaai, those ‘so-called’ leaders of my people, those who find themselves in sustainable, comfortable positions, looking and speaking from their insulated ivory towers of sell-out cornerstone media spaces and positions – yes, let those who deem themselves to be ‘so-called’ Coloureds, let them be, and let them be seen as exactly what they say they are: ‘so-called’ – fakes – fonkongs – not real – denialist of their own roots and people; too lofty and grand, just mere coconuts.

    But as for me…

    Call me a Bushie, call me a Bruin-ou, call me a Dushie, even call me a Kleurling as jy dan like. Dissie jy wat my kan tune wie ek issie: I tell you who I am, for I know myself more deeply than you ever would.

    I am a Coloured!

    En iemand met ‘n moerse spine,

    Needs to take a little time;

    And tell you about a heinous crime,

    A crime against my people perpetrated in daytime,

    where compassion and solidarity is denied to my bloodline.

    I am a Coloured in Technicolor. I buy a colour tv, still all I see is black and white; for my Colouredness, my hele nannas, my music, my language, my culture, my people, my being – you still deny, oppress and suppress… Hoe kan ek dan ook Vuka Sizwe? Miskien is dit jy wat moet skrik, al izzit net wakker, want ek is hier; vir nou en vir altyd.

    I am a Coloured!

    You can’t wish me away…

    You can’t reason me away…

    You can’t pray me away…

    You can’t toor me away…

    You can’t legislate me away…

    Eksê, hear me well today: You’ll nevva broadcast my existence away…

    Jy kan my nie weg wens nie…

    Jy kan my nie weg reason nie…

    Jy kan my nie weg bid nie…

    Jy kan my nie eens weg toor nie…

    Jy kan my nie weg legislate nie…

    Eksê, hoor my ncha vandag: Jy sal my nevva kan weg broadcast nie…

    I am a Kullid! Ek is ‘n Kullid!

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  36. Michael says:

    Thanks, madam, I think you have said it all. Somewhere I saw the slogan “we are all coloured now”.

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  37. Kobus says:

    “Boesman” se poes man! How on earth can you change your surname to Khoisan, like Zenzile did, and then become an active member of the Khoi and Boesman Assembly?

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  38. aborigional says:

    I was born in dukatol Germiston my father is portugees and my mom a so called coloured and i promise you geting where i am today wasn’t easy!!! I remember i time when i wondered of in the shop. When mom found me i was held by white woman that point blank refused my mom to have me,my mom then had to remove her breast in pulic to feed me in order for the bobbies “white police” to hand me back to her. This was but only one of the many inhuman incidents of suffering and pain.
    Why is the Xhosa,Zulu,Setwana etc not humilliated to confess as to who they are, merely because they are proud of where they are from. Come on all you socalled coloureds it is time to stare our History in the face and except who we are AND THIS WILL DETERMINE OUR FUTURE!!!!!! I AM KhoiSan and Proud!!!

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  39. Damn! says:

    Die was nou interesting! Ek sooo like dai poem thingy!

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  40. Bishop R. Peter Schilder says:

    what has happened since this march and how and where can I get involved in this move of God in our City?

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  41. mina booysen says:

    Hi everyone thank you for all the positive aswell as all the negative comments… We ar in the process of re-writting History for all Generations to come. The KhoiSan’s also had a lot of unsung Heroes and Heroins, and yet today its asif there was only a selective race that faught for freedom. My plea to all KhoiSan’s is to Do away with the coloured or cullid identity that labels u and i as rubbish as a nobody, you ar the men of men, you were born from the first indigenous man and woman!!! You have reason to b Proud…

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  42. mina booysen says:

    Aa die Brand fam wil edenpark graag hull innige simpatie uitspreek en vir ma Barbara en kinders se dat u hulle n besonderse, wonderluke man en vader geken het. Dit is vir edenpark n groot voorreg om deel te kon wees van sy fam,dankie Chief Brand vir u liefde en aanvarding. Wat n voorreg was dit om te kon sit onder u onderrig. We promise to continue and Win the battle for Freedom and self determination that u and the other chiefs started so many years ago so that our people your people can be Free. Thank u ma Barbara for ya un-selfishness for sharing everything that you owned with the First Nation ‘men of men’. May our Lord and Saviour guide you and your fam always!!! Die tyd is nou vir Xam ‘Gam’ se kinders om te erken wie hulle werklik is…… You were the very First Inhabitants of the land, you are official Land Owners!!!
    Die is Jou Land vat Ownership, Land eienar. Chief Sam Brand we solute you and all other man and woman that Faught for the Freedom of our People,the KhoiSan People………………Long live the fighting spirit of the KhoiSan’s……….

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  43. Brand Jr. says:

    Thank you very much Mina. We appreciate all your love and support! To all the KhoiSan people from allover South Africa that supported my dad in his endeavours and still continue to support the movement for KhoiSan recognition, a BIG Thank you! Many people still don’t know, but we have Chiefs (our Leaders) who have been fighting for us. We will continue the good fight! My father dedicated his life to this cause and although it is difficult it is important that we stand together to reach our goal. There are Lots of ‘hatters’, but God will give us the strength to conquer our enemies. Chief Brand rest in peace. Your people will make you proud. Thanks again Mina and God bless. Will keep in touch.

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  44. R. Peter Schilder says:

    Brand Jr. my condolences to you and your family with the passing of your dad. may God grant you the strength and ability to achieve leaving a hericy behind that your dad would be proud of.

    i would love to get involved in the liberation movement of our people and wish to implore you to guide me in the right direction to connect with you guys. a telephone number, email adrress or a pysical address please.

    the time is kairos for the true liberation of our people and the rightfull possession of our inheritance, not to just inherit but to become responsible stewards towards God and to assist in the liberation of all enslaved nations in the world.

    God bless and I hope to hear from you soon.

    R. Peter Schilder

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  45. Brand Jr. says:

    Thank you Peter. Much appreciated. you may email me at samanthab02@gmail.com.
    Sorry for the delayed response. Has been hectic this side.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

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  46. Mompati says:

    I think this is a good idea. But claiming Khoi rights will never be taken seriusly if it does not come with the people adopting and speaking a Khoi language. If they spoke a Khoi language on a daily basis, it would impossible for anyone to ignore them as the Khoi. Just my point of view.

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  47. Michael says:

    Mompati, it may interest you to know that about 60 000 people (in Namibia and the Northern Cape) do speak Nama. However neither the Namibian nor SA government feels a need to invest in promoting that language. However, I am pleased that the national motto of SA (on its coat of arms) is in the extinct !Xam language.

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  48. Nicolaas Vergunst says:

    The Battle of Gorinhaiqua, 1 March 1510

    Was it the finest hour in Khoisan history or the greatest tragedy in the history of Portugal? Visit our website at http://www.knotofstone.com or add your comments to our discussion at http://www.facebook.com/knotofstone

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  49. minaKhoiSan says:

    I am who i am i am a proud Khoiwoman!!!

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  50. JRH&RA ADMIN says:

    I am the administrator of the January Royal House (JRH).
    We are the ONLY aboriginal people who have got legal status wrt the appointment of Traditional Leadership in the Western Cape due to the fact that our land claim covers the whole of the Cape Colony.
    All so called representative groupings of the Khoisan please refrain from appointing so called senior chiefs here on our ancestoral land.
    The JRH are NOT represented by The Institute for the Restoration of Aboriginues in South Africa (IRASA) any longer due to the unprofessional conduct and misrepresentation of Ms Tanya Kleinhans.
    IRASA was apparently appointed by Rural Development and Land Reform to assist people with land claims but then she take advantage of the uninformed people.
    So please be aware of Ms Kleinhans and IRASA.
    Royal Greetings.

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  51. JRH&RA ADMIN says:

    I am looking for the contact details of the members of the So Called National Khoisan Council.
    The January Royal House want to meet this council to discuss the modis operandi of the NKR in the Western Cape and what our demands are for First Nation representation.
    We want to state that the NKR does not represent the JRH in any negotiations or during any particpation in discussions wrt the Khoisan people.
    We the JRH will and can make our own representation especially when it come to the approval of the BILL!!!!

    Royal Greetings.

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  52. Khoisan Xai Xai says:

    Dis sommer lekker om allie comments van die mense te lees. Kwaai man, lat ons on plek in SA terug claim. Daai vark riebeeck en daai maria riebeeck, se beelde moet af kom, ek se. Ons moet vir Saartjie Baartman daar kry en Oom Dawid Kruiper, of van ons eie leaders.

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  55. minaKhoiSan says:

    I wanna wish all the Origional land Ownwers a very Merry Christmis and a prosperous 2013.

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  61. Peter j Sams says:

    There is a groundswell of activity now that the 1913 Native act is under revue.Once this racial degrading act is revoked and the cut off date for land claims pushed back,hopefully till 1652,we (the Khoisan nation) will be given the opportunity to claim back the lands stolen from our forefathers.The department of rural development and land reform is finally holding workshops in all provinces to inform the five main Khoisan groups leadership on way forward.On April 15 and 16 ,2013 a Khoisan land conference was held in Kimberley.Provincial ref groups were elected and are currently interacting with Rural development and land reform officials.

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  62. Peter j Sams says:

    The Khoi and San people are the most brutalised South Africans,we have survived attempts by the Dutch.who almost wiped our ancesrors out in 1713 when smallpox was brought ashore by Dutch sailors.This smallpox outbreak led to the death of more than 90 percent of the Khoi and San in the Cape Colony. We have since been ruled by the British who colonised most of the world and untill 40 odd years ago used SA as a refuelling station for imperial owned shipping companies because SA was strategically positioned approximately halfway between Britian and all the countries it had colonised.

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  63. will says:

    God created us all
    all lived in darkness
    Jesus came to save every nation and sent his diciples to preach to all nations.
    The bible tells us all are brothers and all blood is the same.
    get over it the world belongs to the creator
    but the Khoi San are a beautifull people wronged by many
    Blessed are the peace makers

    c ja

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  64. Anonymous says:

    I have respect for all who still speak the San and Khoisan languages. But many of the people in the pictures are just there for entitlement. Instead of educating themselves and contribute to the advancement of South Africa, they want land out of entitlement and free social benefits.

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  65. ikeraam korana says:

    The Coloured term.

    “It has been repealed in 1991. So technically a Coloured is illegal.”

    Theres no proof it was done legally. But proof it was said and speak about but nothing through parliament. But it was repealed through FW de Klerk. Soon after that the Codesa negotiations overwrite everything between Black and White. Coloured representatives were completely removed independently. So that repealed became fictitious. Because Blacks /ANC plotted to relabel us as Bantus but then the Whites / Boere rejected ANC to relabel us as Bantus because the whites said to them that the Coloureds is not the same as the Bantus, two seperate groups. And then they rename us as khoisan.

    In 1994 the Coloured identity remains of the fear we took over from ANC.

    Because in 1994 fictitious freedom in a form of democracy kept us as Coloureds / Kleurling Slawe.

    In 1998 the Khoisan National Council (NKC) were established to revitalised our true identities, restored our losts.
    But in the same year Nelson Mandela sold our country to whites in fear we took over from both the whites and the Blacks. Because the term Khoisan does reconnect us to the soil of Africa as first inhabitants, original people, first nation people, the real owners, descendants…

    So thats why the coloured term still.forced upon us. Now ANC try to convince us to embrace the term “Black”.

    And until today the National Khoisan Council became a burden just like any political party doing everything against our existence keeping us enslaved, entrapped, divided and dysfunctional so that we do not take our rightful place in our own country of origin. The NKC is run and manage not for our purpose but to protect ANC Led Government being politically control…

    Now they import millions of foreigners into South Africa to ensure we dont take our rightful place.
    They even try to let us believe we are racist when we want to restore our true identities, our land rights, to restore our Nation…

    Sabina Clarisse

    -Coloured people, they made you Inboorlinge, Naturella, Kaffir, Hottentot, Bushman, Khoisan, etc. why because you are the original Semites, children of Abram and Saraai. I know it and have the proof.

    Sabina Clarisse

    -I am going to give everyone the proof but only when we have gone to court with it. so only next year. court matter

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