It is more than two decades since the repeal of the apartheid government’s Mixed Marriages Act and Immorality Act, but mixed couples still cause a stir and are likely to do so for years to come. In Bhekisisa Mncube’s book The Love Diary of a Zulu Boy, he relates how he "married a white woman and many call me a traitor". Inspired by his real-life romance with an Englishwoman, Mncube’s book includes interrelated short stories on interracial relationships in modern-day SA. "As we know, interracial intimate relationships continue to be fraught with controversy, despite our post-apartheid, world-renowned, liberal Constitution that guarantees equal rights and forbids racism," he writes. "In our 17 years of courtship and marriage, our interracial intimate relationship has been no exception." The smaller the community, the less tolerant it is of interracial dating, says relationship expert Sonja Snyman. Big cities are more accommodating. She says among her clients are a mixed-race couple wh...

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