Dangor said: “I am an African with Asian and Dutch blood in me, I don’t know what race I am, and I don’t care."
Achmat Dangor was born on October 2, 1948, in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. He was born into a Muslim and Indian environment in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1948, the year that marked the beginning of apartheid in South Africa. As a result of the racial classification, he was considered a “colored person". He spoke Afrikaans and Sotho until he started school. Today he writes in English.