Definition of Cape Malay in English:

Cape Malay

(also Cape Muslim)


  • (in South Africa) a member of a predominantly Afrikaans-speaking and Muslim group resident mainly in the Western Cape Province.

    Compare with Cape colored
    • ‘This is despite the fact that the Cape Malays constitute a community three times as large as the Sri Lankan Malay community.’
    • ‘This explains why the majority of Cape Muslims have distinctly Christian surnames, such as Davids, Da Costa, and Harris.’
    • ‘The Cape Malays are held together by their religion, Islam, and for the most part live in the Western Cape area.’
    • ‘The teachings of Islam, the religion practised by most Cape Malays dictate which foods may be eaten.’
    • ‘They came to be called Cape Malays as they all spoke Malay, an important trading language at that time.’
    • ‘It is furnished as a Muslim house of the 19th century and documents the history of the Cape Malays.’
    • ‘A burial site in Maitland was granted but a thing which upset the Cape Muslims was that it was quite a distance from BoKaap.’
    • ‘Cape Muslims, generally called Cape Malays by whites, first came to South Africa 400 years ago as political prisoners, slaves or exiles from the Dutch East Indies.’
    • ‘The museum was established in 1978 and tells the story of the Bo-Kaap community and Cape Malays through many years to date.’
    • ‘The origins of these people is not the same as the Cape Malays and they are not Muslim.’


  • Relating to the Cape Malay people.

    • ‘All main courses are served with Cape Malay roti breads, sambals and atchars.’
    • ‘The Bo-Kaap Museum, in the midst of the Cape Muslim community, offers an ‘Islam in Africa’ experience.’
    • ‘You should also sample a Cape Malay curry which you can get all over South Africa and represents the exotic origins of this unique culture.’
    • ‘The Bo-Kaap Museum recreates a typical 19th century Cape Muslim family home and portrays aspects of Cape Muslim culture.’
    • ‘This venue, in the heart of the historic Bo-Kaap, provides a charming setting for traditional Cape Muslim fare.’
    • ‘The folk song is an important feature of the Cape Malay community and can be heard on many social occasions, especially at weddings, where traditional love songs are sung.’
    • ‘Bruce Robertson, chef at the Showroom in Cape Town, refers to Cape Malay cuisine as South Africa's home cooking.’
    • ‘To a Cape Malay household, sharing food with a visitor calls down a blessing on the home.’
    • ‘According to historians, the earliest Cape Muslim leaders were freed convicts from Dutch colonies such as Malaysia and the Indonesian archipelago, but their crimes are not stated.’
    • ‘We learn how to mix Masala, fold Samoosas, and how to balance the delicate flavours of a Cape Malay curry.’
    • ‘Served with a variety of sambals and atjars, Cape Malay curries are famous for their full-bodied flavour.’
    • ‘Discover the unique lifestyle, personality and culture of the Cape Muslim community and their contribution to South Africa's development.’
    • ‘The Cape Malay community settled in what became known as the Bo-Kaap area of Cape Town.’
    • ‘From the spicy Cape Malay curries to the traditional township fare, unique meats and fresh seafood, dining out in Cape Town is bound to be one of your favourite memories of your visit.’