- A man has honoured the history-making Protas Madlala in a social media post
- He was the first black South African to marry into an interracial marriage
- Many local social media users remembered following his story
A man took to social media to honour Protas Madlala. Protas made history in the 80s when he became the first black South African to defy the law that prohibited interracial marriage. He married a white woman named Susane LeClerk.
Sho Case shared the man's story on the #ImStaying Facebook group. He said that he was still a small boy at the time of the incident, but still remembers it like it was yesterday.
"Most adults gathered around the newspapers to read about it. From that day I never forgot his name and his wife's"
Protas was surprised that the young man remembered all the details of the day. Like many others, unjust laws affected their relationship as it was hard to enjoy their love. It was even more difficult to raise their children because they weren't allowed live together.
"Nevertheless they made it possible and easier for all who only belonged to the human race not defined by skin colour"
Social media users loved the encouraging post. Facebook user Beulah Pillay said:
"Yes I remember following their beautiful love story. Epic!"
Rene Fourie said:
"I think she must get some credit too, she did say 'yes' after all"
Gill Scott said:
"Protas came from St Wendolins near Pinetown where a lady we knew lived in the early 1980's. I often used to drive her home it was a lovely peaceful area. I remember our kids playing by the river and sometimes we would drive our friend home up a homemade road... It was a happy area. They often spoke of him there"
Brian Stewart said:
"Protas is a good friend of mine: hope he's well I haven't seen him for some time!"
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