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 Soweto Uprising: Over 10,000 students in Soweto, South Africa, march against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in Black secondary schools; clashes with police kills dozens
  • 1976-06-25 Soweto Uprising: in South Africa leaves an estimated 200 to 700 blacks and 2 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 South African fast bowler Meyrick Pringle takes cricket hat-trick in England tour game at Soweto
  • 2010-05-29 In an all South African Super 14 Rugby final, the Bulls (Pretoria) retain title, 25-17 over the Stormers (Cape Town) at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto; MornĂ© Steyn kicks 6 penalties and a conversion for the Bulls
  • 2010-05-29 Super Rugby Final, Orlando Stadium, Soweto: Bulls (Pretoria) successfully defend their title with a 25-17 win over the Stormers (Cape Town) in an all-South African final

Famous Birthdays

Cyril RamaphosaCyril Ramaphosa (70 years old)

1952-11-17 South African anti-apartheid activist, businessman and President of South Africa (2018-), born in Soweto, South Africa

Famous Deaths

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