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Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act: Repealed 35 years ago

A gallery of images of mixed marriages in South Africa. The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages ACT, Act No 55 of 1949 a law that prohibiting marriage between White people and people of other racial groups in South Africa was passed on 8 July 1949. The law was introduced by the apartheid government and modeled around its policy of separateness.

South Africans were required to register as members of one of four racial groups as set out in the Population Registration Act of 1950. The four racial groups were White, Coloured, Indian and Black. Using these catergories, the apartheid government proceeded to criminalise marriages between people of different racial groups. Subsequent to the passing of this legislation, a number of people were arrested and charged for breaking its provisions. Source: SA History Online

The law was repealed on 19 June 1985

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