Port Elizabeth of Yore: The Malay Population of Port Elizabeth

One misconception about the Malays in South Africa concerns the nomenclature “Malay.” In fact they originate from Indonesia. However, for simplicity’s sake, we will continue to use the word Malay for the purposes of this chapter. Another erroneous notion is that Malay population only arrived after the British settlers. 

This chapter rebuts these fallacies.  It also reveals the important role the Malays played in the development of Port Elizabeth. 

Main picture: The Green or Pier Street Mosque

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