Many women had babies on their backs and some domestic workers brought their white employers' children along with them.
Throughout the demonstration the huge crowd displayed a discipline and dignity that was deeply impressive (Walker 195).
And as they had done the previous year, the Afrikaans press tried to give the impression that it was whites who had ‘run the show'. The FSAW and the Congress Alliance gained great prestige form the obvious success of the venture.
The FSAW had come of age politically and could no longer be underrated as a recognised organisation – a remarkable achievement for a body that was barely 2 years old.
In order to enforce such drastic influx control measures, the Government needed a means of identifying women who had no legal right to remain in the Western Cape.