Page 8, 24th March 1950

24th March 1950
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Page 8, 24th March 1950 — Priest fined under S.A.

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Locations: Canterbury, Natal, Capetown


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Priest fined under S.A.

race law

Fr. Thomas Gill, charged with officiating at the marriage of a

European to a " slightly coloured " woman, was last week fined £20 in Capetown.

Fr. Gill is the first to be prosecuted under the Government's new race laws governing marriages between the Europeans and nonEuropeans.

The South African Bishops condemned the new legislation when it was first under consideration.

When the case was heard against Fr. Gill evidence was given that the woman's father was non-European and that she lied gone to a school for coloured children.

The fine was suspended pending an appeal.

The Anglican Bishop of Natal, Dr. G. N. Fisher — a brother of the Archbishop of Canterbury—declared this week that " the Act is utterly stupid and completely unworkable."

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