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Title:Labour Laws and Stereotypes: Images of the Khoikhoi in the Cape in the Age of Abolition
Author:Magubane, Zine
Periodical:South African Historical Journal
Geographic term:South Africa
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Labor and Employment
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02582479608671249
Abstract:This article examines images of the Khoikhoi of the Cape Colony (South Africa) in the period between 1800 and 1850. During this time there was much debate in Britain and the British colonies around the issue of free and unfree labour. From the time that John Barrow first reported on the condition of the Khoikhoi in his much-cited 'Travels into the Interior of South Africa' (1801), the issue of the Khoikhoi, their propensity (or lack thereof) to labour, and the reasons for it were the subject of a great deal of discussion. The debate was resumed with renewed vigour in the wake of the abolition of the slave trade in 1807, the Caledon Code of 1809, the Apprenticeship Act of 1812, Ordinance 50 of 1828, and Emancipation and the proposed Vagrancy Legislation of 1834. Farmers used whatever legal and discursive devices they could muster to secure continued access to Khoikhoi labour. Hence, an image of the Khoikhoi as 'vagrant' and 'idle' emerged in the settler press. British missionaries also represented the Khoikhoi as idle, but they were at pains to show how the slave economy of the Cape was responsible for Khoikhoi deficiencies. Underneath the conflict over labour systems lay a contest between two fundamentally different world views. Ref.