The South African Muslim in Cape Town are largely of Indonesian 'Malay' slave descendancy. Since the formation of the new South Africa, Cape Muslim families was previously known as Cape Malays based on etnicity. In the new South Africa the Muslim community of Cape Town have a chance to re-establish ties with the former Dutch East India spice island. The challenge is due to 300 years of colonial and Apartheid rule, remnants of the collective memory have faded oractual oral history become distorted over time.
Based on the contribution of Indonesian Malay slaves since 1652 with the arrival of van Riebeeck, the Cape Muslim community have jointly with Afrikaners constructed a new 'african' language at the Southern tip of Africa, viz, Afrikaans, not just another lower Dutch language!