South Africa: Sex & Color

Boy met girl in a government office in Pretoria. She was a clerk, he a local merchant who came in on official business. Soon they were going out to movies together; finally, they drove up to Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, and got married. But three weeks after the couple returned to South Africa and set up housekeeping in Durban, two detectives knocked at the door and took them off to the police station. Reason: Charlotte Bloem, 22, was white, and Syrub Singh, 28, was an Indian.

Upward Spiral. Their case involved two extraordinary apartheid measures: South Africa's Immorality Act, which forbids sexual...

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