The Cape Malays are an ethnic group in South Africa that traces its origins back to Muslim , Southeast Asian slaves during the times of Dutch colonial rule . They were from the Dutch East India Company (VOC) from the Dutch East Indies brought. Some of their ancestors are of Malay origin.
The Cape Malays live predominantly in the Western Cape Province and especially in Cape Town . Their number should be around 200,000. The Cape Town district of Bo-Kaap is considered to be the historic center of the Cape Malays.
The Cape Malays have had a major impact on South African cuisine .
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