Cape Town - A white Oudtshoorn woman who is married to a local black man says she’s in disbelief that 25 years into democracy and decades after the scrapping of the Immorality Act, interracial couples still receive stares and backlash.
Devinne Stuurman and her husband Thami Stuurman share a one-roomed Wendy house at the back of an RDP house in Smartie Town township, just outside Oudtshoorn.
Devinne, 38, makes a living by doing casual jobs, while Thami, 42, buys food and electricity with the money he receives from his disability grant.
Twice-married Devinne has a 10-year-old son from her previous marriage to Vuyisile Dywili, who died in 2013. She says having married two black men in her lifetime, she does not see colour - despite growing up in a conservative, white home.
“I don’t see colour, but human beings like myself. I am married for the second time now with a black person... I grew up in a white, conservative home, but all those racial teachings that I am a white race and must at all times adhere to the white culture did not stick in my brain,” she said.