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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 20, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta FUEL FOR THE FIRE - Reginald Highhill, self-styled hermit living in a tent shack off the automobile racetrack at Mosport, outs fuel for his fireplace. A native of New York City, he came to Mosport Ont., for a folk festival in August and stayed on. 14 face charges of "immortality9 By STANLEY UYS London Observer News Service CAPE TOWN - Five prominent white citizens and 14 African women in the little South African town of Excelsior will appear in court on January 25 charged under the Immorality Act - "immorality" in this instance being defined as sexual relations across the colour line. The maximum penalty for this offence in South Africa is seven years' imprisonment, plus ]0 lashes for male offenders. Usually, however, the courts impose t h r e e to six months' imprisonment, and sometimes-because the law makes no provision for the alternative sentence of a fine - they suspend the sentences for three years. Even an attempt to commit an "immoral or indecent act" is an offence, if one party is white and the other non - white. Excelsior is upset. Nothing smears an individual or a community more than an Immorality Act prosecution, especially if as many as 20 people are in volved all at once. Originally, six white men were arrested in Excelsior, but one will not stand trial. He was a 51-year-old town councillor and owner of the town's only butchery. He shot himself while on bail. There have been other suicides. Between 1958 and 1968, at least 10 white men (the principal offenders in- Immorality Government to appeal EDMONTON (CP) - A judgment against Alberta's Surface Reclamation Council will "almost certainly" be appealed, Mines Minster A. R. Patrick said today. He was referring to a decision last week in which Judge Harry Rowbottom of Calgary ordered Fox Coulee Coals Ltd. to claan up the area in which it was strip mining near Drum-heller, within one year. Judge Rowbottom said the council was "incompetent, care less or indifferent," in issuing reclamation certificates which indicated the land was in satisfactory condition. If the judge's decision is upheld, Mr. Patrick said it will then be the responsibility of the province to restore the lands because once the certificates are issued the company has no more responsibility. Mr. Patrick said the appeal is probable to obtain a decision on whether Judge Rowbottom's judgment is related to the intent and purpose of the Surface Reclamation Act. Recall Hondas TOKYO (Reuter) - The Honda Motor Co., said Monday it has begun recoiling a total of 63,485 models of Honda 1300 and New Honda series sedans found to have defective clutch parts. Act cases) have taken their lives rather than face the consequences. During the Christmas - New Year week, a 45 - year - old white man, who was due to appear in court on January 17 on an Immorality Act charge, gassed himself in his car. The previous week, a 63-year-old retired man, facing an Immorality Act charge (with an 18-year-old African woman), did the same. When the 19 now accused first appeared in court, it was seen that seven of the African women were carrying babies, aged between two months and five years. One of the white men, a 38-year-old farmer, is linked on the charge sheet with six of the women. The social ostracism, heart break, broken homes, anguish, spying, gossip and black mail caused by the Immorality Act have been incalculable. A retired police officer who was acquitted after being prosecuted under the Act, said: "I would rather be charged with mur der." He described the Act as "this horrible piece of legisla tion." Enforcement of the Act requires the constant attention of an understaffed police force and it encourages prying. WITNESS ACT In a recent case in which a 22-year-old Indian and a 19-year-old white girl were each sen tenced to six months' imprison ment, suspended for three years a married white woman described how she had first peered through a window, and then stood on top of a dressing table to see the couple in bed. She called her sister, who also stood on the dressing table, and then summoned her brother, who hammered on the door until the Indian opened it. He assaulted the Indian, and the sent for the police. "This law belongs to the days of witch - burning and the stocks," says Mrs. Helen Suz-man, MP. A visiting American social scientist says it reveals a "morbid fear of miscegenation ' unparalleled in intensity anywhere in the world." Actually, the main intention the Act is not to prevent mis cegenation, but to reinforce con stantly the white man's sense o. color consciousness - to delineate the race barrier in the most forbidding way. The Immorality Act was one of the very first apartheid laws introduced by the present Na tionalist Government. T o d a; even some of the Government _ own supporters would like to see the Act withdrawn, because of the misery it causes and the harm it does to South Africa's iniage abroad. But the number of prosecutions under the Act increases every year. In the five year period 19G2-G7, there were 3,871 people arrested, and 2,05! convicted. In 19G7-6U, 911 per sons were arrested. By 1968-69 arrests had risen to 1,18-)-a : per cent increase over the pr. vious year-and 679 convicted. 24 eT AFTER INVENTORY CHECK THE VALUES! CHECK THE PRICES! FANTASTIC SAVINGS ION ALL ITEMS IN THIS ONCE-A-YEAR SALE AT ZELLER'S! BUY NOW-"CHARGE-IT" 3 CONVENIENT CREDIT PLANS TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET! CHILDREN'S WEAR vf&^AXWr* ST*^..................\M lZ�4lo)r'�l WOMEN'S SKI JACKETS U.44 Infants' Dresses Reg. to 4.99 ........................ Boys' and Girls' Pullovers and Cardigans Sizes 4 to 6X. 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