SOUTH AFRICA: Whose Crime?

Few nations on earth are less color-conscious than Brazil, none more so than the Union of South Africa. Last week, when the Brazilian navy training ship Almirante Saldanha docked in Cape Town harbor, a shipload of sailors and officers ranging in skin tone from pale copper to charcoal black streamed into the city, made havoc of Premier Daniel Malan's brutally enforced segregation policy.

Heedless of South African law, which states clearly that mingling of white and black persons is a criminal offense, light-skinned sailormen, heavy with pocket money, paraded the streets with Zulu-dark girls, while Cape Town's white Portuguese chatted...

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