Rose Cam

Born: Not given

Natal, South Africa

Date of interview: 20th July 2006

Map showing where Rose Cam came from

So the Apartheid experience. How was that for you then compared with the ...?

I just went as a Zulu. I didn't care. In fact I used to be an embarrassment to the other coloureds who wanted to distance themselves from black people and I just used to ask them one question. Where did coloureds come from? Why are you called coloureds? If you want to distance yourself from blacks because you're coloured because you're mixed! So, I used to ... and in fact Miss Cork who was in charge of all the coloured workers, she was Irish. She was a Sister. She was lovely and the very first day I went there she asked me who was your next of kin and I said I haven't got parents but my next of kin is Nicolina Zungu. She said 'That's a Zulu name' and I said 'Yes.' And she didn't say anymore, but I'm told that she said 'I admire Rose because she does not try to be what she is not.' And I used to see some of my colleagues refusing to speak Zulu to black guys because, if you were coloured you were closer to whites and you ... And I used to speak Zulu and they used to say I was an embarrassment and I thought well, I'm afraid that's my mother tongue. I speak both Zulu and English. And that's how I grew up in my home because of my grandmother.