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Piet Swanepoel
15 March 2011

Piet Swanepoel says most Afrikaners can claim black descent

The controversy around the statement about the number of "Coloureds" in the Western Cape and recent articles about this group of people promp one to ask for a definition  of a "Coloured" person.

In a previous article I claimed that the Black Economic Empowerment Act provides no definition for "Coloureds". It merely states that  Blacks are "Africans, Coloureds and Indians".  I contended that anyone claiming to have the genes of an indigenous African  or of any non-European, can, in terms of the Act, claim to be Black.

I went on to say that Eva, the Khoi (or "Hottentot") girl,who grew up in Jan van Riebeeck's house, was not the only non-European woman to marry a European in South Africa.  In H.F. Heese's book, Groep Sonder Grense, the particulars of more than a thousand  marriages between Europeans and non-European people in the period 1652 to 1795 in the Cape are recorded.

Nobody has ever sat down to work out how many Afrikaners have non-European genes which would enable them to claim to be  Blacks, but I have now made a list of the surnames and numbers of people who married descendants of just one of Eva's great-grandchildren. I have included in this list only those surnames of which seven or more people married persons with Eva's genes.

To get an idea of how many Afrikaners this list represents, I can mention that one of the 106 Swanepoels on the list was my great-grandfather. His descendants alone run into the hundreds.

Genealogists will tell you that Afrikaners are practically all related to each other. Technically, therefore, all Afrikaners can claim to be black.  Dividing South Africans on racial grounds, however, is not only morally reprehensible, it is also legally unsound and people with the means to do so should test its validity in Court.

SURNAMES AND   NUMBERS OF SOME OF THE PERSONS WHO  MARRIED PELSER   DESCENDANTS OF EVA, THE KHOI GIRL

Aucamp 27 Greyling 60 Pansegrouw 12
Audie 10 Greyvenstein 8 Pienaar 40
Badenhorst 12 Griesel 16 Pieters 10
Barnard 24 Grobbelaar 25 Pietersen 17
Basson 15 Grobler 138 Potas 10
Bekker 11 Harmse 19 Potgieter 52
Benade 9 Hattingh 44 Pretorius 130
Bester  31 Haupt 8 Prinsloo 48
Beyleveld 8 Henning 84 Ras 11
Bezuidenhout 26 Horn 9 Rautenbach 17
Blignaut 11 Human 23 Reyneke 23
Blom 13 Jacobs 23 Richter 11
 Booysen 12 Janse van Rensburg 32 Roberts 11
Boshoff 9 Janse van Vuuren 35 Roodt 10
Bosman 7 Jonker 11 Roos 9
Botes 13 Jooste  16 Roux 19
Botha 98 Jordaan 24 Scheepers 13
Breedt 27 Joubert  23 Schlebusch 17
Brits 22 Krogh 7 Schmidt 8
Britz 12 Kleynhans 29 Schoeman 10
Bronkhorst 21 Klopper  7 Schulz 7
Brummer 7 Knoetze 9 Schutte 25
Bruwer 8 Koekemoer 19 Slabbert 8
Buitendag 13 Kotze 52 Smit 92
Burger 15 Krause 8 Smith 72
Buys 48 Kriek 7 Snyman 20
Cilliers 10 Kriel 8 Stander 7
Claassen 7 Kruger 236 Steenekamp 30
Cloete  10 Labuschagne   Steenkamp 74
 Coetsee 70 Le Roux  22 Steyn 61
Coetzee 216 Liebenberg 13 Struwig 14
Coetzer 13 Liversage 7 Strydom 56
Craucamp 8 Lotter 9 Swanepoel      106
Cronje 10 Lourens 11 Swart 38
Davel 10 Louw 23 Tait 8
De Beer 52 Lubbe  14 Terblanche 8
De Bruin 17 Maartens 13 Van den Berg 25
De Bruyn 17 Malan 29 Van den Heever  10
De Jonge 8 Mans 13 Van der Linde 10
De Klerk 44 Marais 67 Van der Merwe 82
De Kock 19 Maree 7 Van der Walt 213
De Lange 16 Martin 8 Van der Westhuizen 43 43
De Villiers 25 Meintjies 9 Van Eeden 14
De Wet 21 Meyer 62 Van Heerden 40
De Winnaar  11 Minnaar 12 Van Jaarsveld 19
De Witt 9 Mocke  13 Van Rooyen 27
Delport  20 Mostert 12 Van Schalkwyk9 9
Dietrichsen 7 Mouton 7 Van Staden 18
Du Plessis 88 Muller 7 Van Tonder 43
Du Plooy 60 Myburgh 40 Van Wyk 62
Du Preez 29 Nagel 66 Van Zyl 60
Du Toit 55 Naude 17 Venter 150
Duvenage 20 Nel 77 Verster 8
Eloff 23 Niemann 9 Viljoen 36
Els`` 24 Nienaber 22 Visagie 7
Engelbrecht  17 Nieuwenhuizen 11   Visser 21
Erasmus 35 Nortje 24 Viviers 11
Esterhuizen 7 Oberholzer 39 Vorster 41
Ferreira 13 Odendaal 9 Welthagen 10
Fouche 7 Oelofse 15 Williamson 8
Fourie  84 Olivier 42 Zwanepoel 14
Goose  7 Oosthuizen 24    
Gouws 11 Opperman 10    

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@ piet swanepoel
zulus are also coloured remember john dunn......ANC is not respnsible I blame DA for this

by zulu carpet on March 15 2011, 13:29
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Its a free for all circus now!
Piet Swanepoel,

I think the term you are looking for is mixed race. Please use it in future.

Is it fashionable to be a coloured these days?

by Jason Ely on March 15 2011, 14:08
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Colouredness
Why cant people be classified in terms of their skin colour?. Afrikaners(and also white english-speakers) have some "asian" blood coming from Java. Some historians put the figure at as low as 1% and others put the figure as high as 7%. Heese also . .more

by Republican on March 15 2011, 14:11
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Piet Swanepole, you could be my son according to the genealogy above
...and i am black...
what's up son!!!!!

by hoegaanditseun on March 15 2011, 14:18
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Afrikaners
.....In the end only Natal were dominated by English-speakers. Today 2 out of the richest 4 persons in South-Africa are from Afrikaner stock. The Afrikaners largely were succesful in uplifting the tribe. Thus i can understand where the ANC come from. The . .more

by Republican on March 15 2011, 14:20
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WTF?
What's with the current coloured obsession sweeping SA? For the longest time we were a non-entity, now everyone wants a piece of us... LOL

by Brad on March 15 2011, 15:00
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@Brad
Haha.....funny indeed!

by Republican on March 15 2011, 15:05
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Rugby:New Zealand Moaris
I wonder if the New Zealand Moari rugby team still plays against other teams? I once watched a game and half the "moaris" looked white. These whites qualified due to moari ancestry.

by Republican on March 15 2011, 15:15
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Planet Coloureds
Yep I think this explaines just about everything related to so called "race"
Come on, is there any "pure" race left on the planet?
Eveybody is coloured man - even Hitler was!

by Bula on March 15 2011, 15:31
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African tribe
does this mean all Afrikaners are going to 'mix'. Haha! they may be mixed race, but they definitely don't want to mix. That's because they're afraid they'll lose the little (Europeaness) they have. I think, the reason the world disliked them so much when . .more

by Henry on March 15 2011, 15:33
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Gravy Train
Does this mean that we all may now climb on the Gravy Train and are BEE eligible? LOL!

by Bula on March 15 2011, 15:37
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Sure, and what is the point then?
This is the thing with genes and memes -- Afrikaners are Afrikaners and there is an Afrikaner gene pool which mostly formed in the period 1650-1700, give or take, from uncertain origins. Included were Dutch free burghers, girls from Dutch orphanages, . .more

by JVR on March 15 2011, 16:58
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@JVR
Stem saam JVR. Hierdie ouens bring net kleur in wanneer dit hulle pas en wanneer dit hulle nie pas nie dan vermy hulle dit. Die Afrikaner/Boerse kultuur is net soos ander oor dekades gevorm. Ons is wie ons is an basta met die res.

by Republican on March 15 2011, 17:14
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Ya'll sound dumb
If you are from Africa you are African. Nobody thinks oh Afrikkans are different from Africans. You all sound ignorant and inbred.

by Yall sound dumb on March 15 2011, 18:19
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What a bunch of liberal propaganda
All I have to say is this is the same old brainwashing like all the liberal/anc propaganda before it.

I'm actually laughing reading this, if you beleive this C*** you will beleive anything.
I quote a saying that is very tue: "A people who . .more

by kampfruf on March 15 2011, 18:45
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good on her, mate
No, you are right JVR, the boers stood on their own feet. They always have. The Anglo's have always relied on mother England, just to be let down, time and again.
This does not annul the Boer inferiority complex, which leads (still) to contorted, . .more

by Henry on March 15 2011, 18:59
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AABEE black on white
Good point Mr Swanepoel. For AA or BEE purposes, who is to say, that if I claim to be black, that I am not, even if I am white. What, are they going to use the pencil test on us at job interviews?

by Joe on March 15 2011, 19:42
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@Henry
What do you mean by "Perhaps, I would like to know, is why won't the Afrikaners in general, mix?". " the story of South Africa, would completely destroy conflict and give the descendents of the Boers a finalised justification for living in Southern . .more

by Republican on March 15 2011, 20:24
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@Republican
@Kampfruf "A people who are not convinced of their uniqueness and value will perish."
But aren't we perishing? Even though we are convinced of our uniqueness, it doesn't stop our intellects from dispersing, our skilled people from leaving, our . .more

by Henry on March 15 2011, 21:27
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Insecure for reason Henry, not inferior....
To mix Henry, is to disappear.

Perhaps that is your choice, but people who choose not to mix and to live into future generations, have a human right to do so.

Surely you would not argue that Jews or Pennsylvanian Dutch or Maoris mix . .more

by JVR on March 15 2011, 21:43
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Oh Henry, and one more thing...
... Afrikaners did not "Choose to come to Africa".

Afrikaners originated in Africa from disperse peoples who ended up here either forcibly (orphans, slaves), or who was stationed here by East India Company decree (Soldiers, Company officials), . .more

by JVR on March 15 2011, 21:47
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race classification
The lunacy of this controversy is highlighted that virtually the whole world's population originated in Africa. In short, THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE IS "AFRICAN."

by Terry Crawford-Browne on March 16 2011, 00:39
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The whole Human Race is African.
Too right, Terry. People are people. I have travelled in over forty countries and while cultures differ, the values stay the same. A Japanese father cries no less for his children than a Haitian or an Iraqi. We are all the same, and in an increasingly . .more

by Afrikahna on March 16 2011, 02:27
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@JVR
I think, if you told the blue eyed Pakistani that he wasn't a descendent of Alexander the Great's army he would be dissapointed, or, if you told a Druse that he was not a descendent of a crusader, it would steal from him his identity.
You are quite . .more

by Henry on March 16 2011, 04:58
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SA's kaleidescope of people
My mother was a Swanepoel and generally, other than Piet Swanepoel, most comments about his article appear to be aimed at taking this thorny subject in a different direction. One of her brothers was also a Piet.

My mother was short in stature so . .more

by Chris Potgieter on March 16 2011, 05:54
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verwoerd must be turning in his grave lol
yho

by mzala on March 16 2011, 07:38
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coloureds
This was one of the many shameful tragedies pf apartheid, and in the end ensured it's collapse. It will destroy the ANC too - in the end.

by witbooi on March 16 2011, 08:35
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Comments on the article.
Some of the comments on this article have saddened me immensely. One "Henry" used it as a basis to refer to the "boorishness, stupidity, brutishness and arrogance" of Afrikaners. The man must hate us passionately ! The whole purpose of the article was to . .more

by Piet swanepoel on March 16 2011, 08:45
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Tarred and feathered
As a younger man , I seem to recall an afrikaans professor was tarred and feathered for daring to infer that all afrikaners have 7% mixed race blood in their veins . Who was that prof .

Piet Swanepoels article seems to cement the profs theory . .more

by Green Room on March 16 2011, 08:48
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The ANC's racism is so irritating!

As far as I can tell the terms Blacks, Whites Coloureds and Indians do not occur anywhere in our Constitution.

These descriptions were part and parcel of a racist regime we ostensibly threw off in 1994.

But the ANC under the Black . .more

by mpho on March 16 2011, 09:09
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@piet Swanepoel
How can you say that I hate Afrikaners just because I call a spade a spade? I've lived in this country my whole life. I am from names on your list (du Buisson, Grobler and Kruger) and the kindest gentlest people I know are Afrikaner. Some of the most . .more

by Henry on March 16 2011, 11:12
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white africans
How much more banal/anal can you get? We are a laughing stock being fixated on race!

by jabulani on March 16 2011, 11:29
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Ja but you didn't use OMO for too many years nuh?
The white is whiter and colour are washed out by the years. Why you gatkruip the ANC racists anyway? They dont repect Koi. They don't respect law and they use racist comments to stir up their voters while they blame others for their failure nuh?

by Klilling on March 16 2011, 11:49
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You dont fool me Henry
Your sudden taking the "moral highground" position dont fool me. In your previous comments you used the Darwinian notion of the "survival of the fittest" to propagate "mating" to solve a "problem". The assumption is that Afrikaners are experiencing a . .more

by Republican on March 16 2011, 12:33
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bad hair day
No you're right, you can't force people to do things you want them to do.
As far as Anglo's go, they are just as disliked in some places of the world,including their own country, for the same reason the boers are, or perhaps their own reasons. (Lets . .more

by Henry on March 16 2011, 14:36
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Right on the money jabulani!

But it's no longer the "whites" who are fixated on race, it's the Blacks under Black Nationalist ANC rule.

Who do you think put the stinking racist Employment "Equity" Act on the Statute book?

It's the ANC's ill advised belated . .more

by mpho on March 16 2011, 14:45
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Henry, your genetic determinism is so 20th Century!!
Henry

Even Geneticists are starting to concede that genetic determinism, in which you indulge above, are probably very incomplete. Far more important are the interactions of culture on genes, and there is now solid scientific proof for . .more

by JVR on March 16 2011, 16:42
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genetic determinism
I am not quite sure how you come to think that I believe in genetics and genetic determinism, just because I say "mate".
No, my belief is more sociological: there are big powerful groups/tribes in this country that are committed to Afrikaner . .more

by Henry on March 16 2011, 17:32
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But Henry...
... your proposed solution then boils down to

"Commit suicide, or you will be killed".

This is a crazy proposal.

Why would you propose that Boers do the ANC's dirty work for them?

Are you engaging in (Marxist . .more

by JVR on March 16 2011, 18:12
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@Henry
After the great Afrikaner Holocaust, What then? Even if 2 000 000 Afrikaners get wiped out there still will be a 1 000 000 or so left. This will send a "electrical shock" through the hards of Afrikaners sowing the seeds for further conflict. This is like . .more

by Republican on March 16 2011, 18:44
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Afrikaners were PURE WHITE under apartheid, but now admit COLOUREDNESS
This article is stupid. How black is black? Makes Afrikaaners out to be @r$e creepers of the first class kind because the pander toi the prevailing political whims of colour that is in favour

by Ally on March 16 2011, 18:45
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haha, yes I am beginning to feel that way
Again JVR I don't know how you come to this conclusion.

I am saying integrate/mix or die (probably), so that South Africa converges towards a homogenous society.

(I am also not forcing this on you with Marxism), it is an observation, a . .more

by Henry on March 16 2011, 19:01
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Henry please........
You are thinking in Stalinistic terms. Stalin tried your proposal but he didnt succeed in the end. Nations were subjected to Soviet rule. Stalin killed his own people, Tribes, Georgians, Hungarians, Poles and other were killed. A country like Poland . .more

by Republican on March 16 2011, 19:14
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and lastly
Most boers are almost Spanish by now. The difference here in South Africa is that the culture are being kept alive. The culture will only stop to exist when the people lose the will to keep the culture alive. To use a few 100 Boere in Argentina and use it . .more

by Republican on March 16 2011, 19:30
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What is an African?
Does anybody really know what an “African” is?
Are they only the Negroid Bantu tribal people, as the local Africanists try to force down our throats, so to perhaps better loot the place?
What about the true Sub-Saharan "Natives", the Koi-San, the . .more

by Injala Apera on March 17 2011, 10:06
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AFRIKAN!
The whole article is a joke.@Injala Apera, Afrikan is person who had been libelled by other races (europeans and arabs) as K*****,savage or heathen. We are sick and tired of pseudo scholars, who claim to know our past history, yet they know nothing. Just . .more

by Inkunz'mnyama on March 17 2011, 16:04
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Afrikan! defined for pseudo scholar of note,Injala Apera
We do not owe any definition or explantation as to who we are as Afrikans as much as other races do not owe us any explanation as to how they define themselves, either be they europeans,asians etc. Your colonial mindset is P*******, it is still reflective . .more

by Inkunz'emnyama on March 17 2011, 16:18
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Africa
Race is a made up concept; like so much about the classification exercises that humans engage in, it serves only to explain itself.

The name Africa does not come from Africa. Now what? Does this mean that one can infer something from this? Did . .more

by Mooper on March 18 2011, 23:16
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Race
The OPPRESORS use race classification to benefit the majority Blacks and to discriminate against the minority Whites. It is the same now as it was in the days of the Transkei, Ciskei and other homelands. when Whites who lived in these areas had no vote . .more

by Beaver on March 21 2011, 18:05
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...
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by ... on March 31 2011, 10:38
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Human race
There is only one race and that is the HUMAN RACE. In Suid Afrika they say: Finish en Klaar.

by Drs Sears Appalsamy: Nederland on April 15 2011, 15:18
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Swart Swanepoel
After unsuccessfully trying to smuggle himself into the history books by claiming he authored the Freedom Charter, suddenly Swanepoel is a swart gevaar? Swanepoel could be right because there are no pure white people in South Africa. The only thing he . .more

by Guluva on April 15 2011, 23:15
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Tarred and feathered
In response to Green Room it was Professor Floors van Jaarsveld who said that Afrikaaners had black blood in them. His tarring and feathering resulted in bringing Eugene Terblanche into the political arena, and he subsequently had his name changed to . .more

by Anthony Caenazzo on April 17 2011, 15:41
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Sex, drugs, and boeremusiek till I drop!
Boers is K****** too??? The person who came up with this K** is a portugese sea K*****.

by Arthur Kemp on April 17 2011, 17:22
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Khoisan is African
I see u mention Khoisan and u say its a non-European tribe, u dont specify that its an African tribe. All tribes indigenous to Africa are African. Khoisans are African people, u don't only find them in South Africa.,There is alot of them in Botswana and . .more

by Estelle on August 13 2014, 07:45
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