Reserved for the Sole Use of the White Race

"Under Section 37 of the Durban Beach By-Laws, this bathing area is reserved for the sole use of members of the White race group."

We were the privileged ones.

These words were posted at the entrance to all the beaches in Durban with the exception of one beach where nonwhites were permitted. The admonition was written in English, Afrikaans, and Zulu.

One day, alerted by telephone that someone had been pulled from the water and needed a doctor, Dr Jay Sanghai, an Indian, rushed to the scene. When he arrived, the policeman wouldn't permit him to go onto the beach because he was not white.

The child, who was a white boy, died as they waited for the white ambulance the policeman had called.