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Neither white nor black; South Africa's 'coloureds' are stuck in middle In Western Cape, majority resents ANC policies
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Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Cheng, Christine
Date: Jan 4, 2004
Start Page: F.02
Section: Business
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In the Western Cape, which includes the tourist mecca of Cape Town, the coloured people make up 54 per cent of the population. In this province, they form a decisive majority in an area that has been heavily contested by both the African National Congress (ANC) and the New National Party (NNP).

Eugene Thomas, an M.A. student at the University of Cape Town and a coloured resident of Mitchell's Plain, thinks one of the reasons for the persistent racism between blacks and coloureds is the lack of contact between the two groups.

The affirmative-action policies that have been put in place by the ANC are extremely unpopular within the coloured community. With the exception of the educated elite, there is widespread agreement among whites and coloureds that affirmative action is just another form of racism.

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