• Short Summary

    A BILL PUBLISHED IN CAPETOWN ON THURSDAY (MARCH 2) WILL MEAN THAT AN 11-YEAR-OLD SOUTH AFRICAN GIRL CAN BE DECLARED WHITE AGAIN IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

  • Description

    A BILL PUBLISHED IN CAPETOWN ON THURSDAY (MARCH 2) WILL MEAN THAT AN 11-YEAR-OLD SOUTH AFRICAN GIRL CAN BE DECLARED WHITE AGAIN IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. SANDRA LAING, THE DAUGHTER OF A WHITE COUPLE, WAS CLASSIFIED AS COLOURED (MIXED RACE) LAST YEAR.

    THE BILL ALSO ENDS THE CHANCES OF COLOURED PEOPLE BECOMING CLASSIFIED AS WHITES BECAUSE OF THEIR WHITE APPEARANCE. IN RECENT MONTHS, THERE HAS BEEN A NUMBER OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS WHERE COURTS HAVE RULED THAT, THOUGH OF MIXED DESCENT, THE APPLICANTS LOOKED AND WERE ACCEPTED AS WHITES.

    THE POPULATION REGISTER AMENDMENT BILL LAYS DOWN THAT DESCENT ALONE SHALL DETERMINE RACIAL CLASSIFICATION. A PERSON MUST BE CLASSIFIED COLOURED IF ONE PARENT IS NON-WHITE.

    IN APPEARANCE, SANDRA SHOWS STRONG NON-WHITE CHARACTERISTICS, BUT UNDER THE BILL A PERSON MUST BE CLASSIFIED WHITE IF BOTH PARENTS ARE WHITE.

    LAST APRIL, AFTER HER CLASSIFICATION, SANDRA WAS SENT HOME TO BRERETON PARK FROM THE WHITES-ONLY BOARDING SCHOOL SHE ATTENDED NEAR HER PARENTS' HOME IN THE EASTERN PART OF TRANSVAAL PROVINCE.

    HER CASE ATTRACTED WORLD-WIDE ATTENTION AND HER PARENTS RECEIVED SEVERAL OVERSEAS OFFERS TO ADOPT HER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC0AZ8SKFX45APK2O6V6BLDEDX
    Media URN:
    VLVAC0AZ8SKFX45APK2O6V6BLDEDX
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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