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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1957. Immorality Act No 23

This is a kind of extension of the IMMORALITY ACT of 1927 and its amendment of 1950, which forbade extra-marital intercourse between Whites and non- Whites.

It "makes it an offence for a white person to have intercourse with a black person. It is also an offence to entice, solicit, or importune another to commit any of these acts or to attempt to do so or to conspire with another to commit such acts. The maximum penalty for this offence is seven years' imprisonment" (Dugard 1978: 69f).

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