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'I'm afraid you're going to have to leave us,' the principal told her.

He offered no explanation, and nor did the police officers who escorted her off the premises. On Robben Island, in the sea off Cape Town, Nelson Mandela was serving the second year of a life sentence for sabotage.

There was only the cruel and relentless gossip suggesting that her mother had had an affair with a black man.

For four years, teachers and the parents of other pupils at her all-white primary school had fought to have her expelled on the grounds that she was of mixed race. The story of Sandra Laing - of how she was reclassified as 'coloured' by the government and how her parents, insisting that she was their biological child, took their battle to keep her 'white' all the way to the Supreme Court - caused an international furore.

Such an argument turns out to be entirely conceivable.

According to research published in the early Seventies, about 8 per cent of the genes of any modern Afrikaner are non-white.

Four decades on - and 19 years after the dismantling of the apartheid regime - her life remains an extraordinary quest for identity.

A fascinating new book by journalist Judith Stone reveals the full extent of the psychological traumas Sandra endured.

'If her appearance is due to some "coloured blood" in either of us, then it must be very far back among our forebears, and neither of us is aware of it,' he declared.

As a confused teenager she eloped with a black man, causing her parents to disown her.

She went on to suffer domestic violence, destitution and the death of one of her six children.

Although reunited with her mother, she was never reconciled with her father and to this day, her two brothers refuse to see her.

Now 53, Sandra is the daughter of shopkeepers from the Eastern Transvaal (since renamed Mpumalanga).

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