Ouma Titties and the forced removals

Candice Nolan / Apr 16, 2019

Ouma Titties and the forced removals


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the coloured question

It is said, that in South Africa, most people classified “coloured”, can only trace their parentage back about four generations. In order to fit in, people were forced to wipe out where they came from and who they were. And that’s why nobody in my family ever spoke of the famed Ouma Titties (at least not until it was safe to do so – until long after the dawn on democracy).

Ouma Titties

The podcast De Bijbel is part one in a series documenting my family tree. I come from a quintessential South African “coloured” family. Trevor Noah wrote a book on the subject. As a coloured person, little is known about ones black ancestry. This was a social necessity. So, when my mother alluded to a Zulu grandmother, I was intrigued to say the least. That first podcast is available below:

The forced removals

And so next we explore another important chapter in my family history: The forced removals. This too is a lesser told story about the crime of apart hate. And this podcast helps anchor the story, by focussing on the end product of centuries of political and economic oppression.

Ouma Titties and the forced removals
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by Anonymous on podcast
a brilliant follow up piece

I listened to Ouma Titties and the Dutch Bible. A unique story in and of itself, but this podcast demonstrates the rich diversity in South African families today. Brilliantly put together and thought provoking!

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