chapter  4
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Of Moffies, Kaffirs and Perverts: Male Homosexuality and the Discourse of Moral Order in the Apartheid State

Discourses of sexuality in South Africa were central to the creation, support and final collapse of the apartheid state. Sexuality, unlike other state-regulated social relations that characterised South African life between 1948 and 1991, transcended the public and private spaces of life. The control of sexuality was accordingly an important (although seldom noted) tool of the apartheid government. One of the ways in which such control was exercised was through the public debate surrounding sexuality that sought to codify and shape the private actions of individual South Africans.