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Title:The political marginalization of the coloured student community of the University of Western Cape
Author:Sakarai, Lawrence J.ISNI
Year:1997
Periodical:African Anthropology (ISSN 1024-0969)
Volume:4
Issue:1
Period:March
Pages:4-35
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:Coloureds
students
universities
Politics and Government
Education and Oral Traditions
Ethnic and Race Relations
Classes and Class Struggle
Colored people (South Africa)
Race discrimination
history
ethnicity
political participation
Abstract:On 1 November 1959 the University College of Western Cape was officially established to serve South Africa's coloured, Malay and Griqua groups. This article describes the political background to coloured politics at the University of Western Cape (UWC) from the 1970s through to the 1990s, from coloured identification with black consciousness and black liberation aspirations in the 1970s, through the deracialization of UWC under Jakes Gerwel, UWC's second coloured vice chancellor, and the ascendancy of the new militant African student cadres of the ANC in the 1980s, to the political marginalization of coloured students at UWC in the 1990s. Sasco (South African Students' Congress), a largely African organization, now constitutes the dominant section of the Students' Representative Council. Despite some serious efforts on the part of the coloured intelligentsia to found their own organizations and forge an identity of their own, coloured students today are by and large uncertain of their political role in a society where the majority has taken power, and have resigned themselves to academic excellence. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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