A Johannesburg, South Africa, magistrate described the case of George Kaschke, 25-year old ex-German seaman, and Stella Smit, 25-year old Cape Coloured girl, as "tragic"...
A Johannesburg, South Africa, magistrate described the case of George Kaschke, 25-year old ex-German seaman, and Stella Smit, 25-year old Cape Coloured girl, as "tragic"... after he had sentenced them to six months imprisonment, suspended for three years provided they did not continue living together. George and Stella already have a four-year old daughter, Gail, and are expecting another child in six weeks.
They had been found guilty of contravening a section of South Africa's Immorality Act, which forbids white and black couples to marry, or live together as man and wife.
George was a sailor in the German Merchant Navy in 1954. He arrived in Cape Town, and spent six days leave. There, he met Stella, holidaying in the city, and it was love at first sight. They spent most of the six days together before George returned to Germany. Two months later, he received a letter from Stella saying she was pregnant. "I wanted to go to her," said George, "but I had no money". Then she wrote telling of a scheme for recruiting young men for South African mines. George investigated, and three years ago, he arrived in South Africa with a five-year contract.
Stella and George moved into the European sector of Berrams, Johannesburg, where they lived together for a year before a complaint was made to the police.
The problem now facing George and Stella is; What of the children? George still has two years of his five year contract to run, and therefore cannot emigrate to Germany, with his family.