Soweto in History

Gauteng: Johannesburg

Historical Events

  • 1954-08-01 South African Natives Resettlement Act comes into being, empowers the Government to remove Africans from any area within and next to the magisterial district of Johannesburg
  • 1976-06-16 Students in Soweto, South Africa, march against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in Black secondary schools.
  • 1976-06-25 The Soweto Uprising in South Africa leaves 174 blacks and two whites dead following 10 days of rioting
  • 1976-06-27 In South Africa, the National President of the Black People's Convention, Kenneth Hlaku Rachidi, declares that riots in Soweto have lead to a new era of political consciousness
  • 1977-04-27 Bloody riots in Soweto, South Africa
  • 1977-06-23 Violence erupts in Soweto, South Africa, again and the police make at least 146 arrests
  • 1977-07-26 The 'Committee of 10' formed by prominent Soweto residents, issues a programme for the election of a new community board to have total autonomy in Soweto, South Africa
  • 1985-08-13 South African Defence Force soldiers, travelling in a convoy of more than ten armoured vehicles, surrounded the Thaba-Juluba high school in Soweto and arrest 200 students during a clampdown on school boycotts
  • 1986-08-27 Protests erupt in Soweto, South Africa, against evictions carried out after an 11 week rent boycott
  • 1988-07-28 Winnie Mandella's home in Soweto, South Africa, destroyed by arson
  • 1990-07-12 In Soweto, South Africa, Shanty town women strip to the waist and confront bulldozers sent by authorities to demolish their homes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990-08-16 South African President F. W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela hold emergency talks in Pretoria about increasing violence in Soweto

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1991-06-25 Six persons are killed and eighteen injured when gunmen open fire on a crowded commuter train in Soweto, South Africa
  • 1995-10-27 Meyrick Pringle takes cricket hat-trick in England tour game at Soweto

Famous Deaths

  • 1993-04-14 Sam Ntombani, ANC-secretary in Soweto South-Africa, shot to death