South African History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 578

  • 1948-05-26 South Africa elects a nationalist government under D. F. Malan with an apartheid policy
  • 1949-01-14 Black and Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die
  • 1949-03-09 England beat South Africa by scoring 174 runs in 94 minutes
  • 1949-06-29 South Africa begins implementing apartheid; no mixed marriages
  • 1949-07-08 The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act, Act No 55 prohibiting marriage or a sexual relationship between White people and people of other race groups is passed in South Africa
  • 1950-04-27 South Africa passes Group Areas Act segregating races
  • 1950-06-13 South African parliament accept "Groups Area Act"
  • 1950-06-27 South Africa heeds United Nations call to assist Korea
  • 1950-07-17 Suppression of Communism Act comes into force in South Africa
  • 1951-05-31 Netherlands & South Africa sign cultural accord
  • 1951-06-18 In South Africa, the Suppression of Communism Act commences
  • 1952-03-24 Great demonstrations against apartheid in South Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952-06-26 Nelson Mandela & 51 others infringe South Africa curfew

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1953-04-15 Malans National Party wins South African elections
  • 1953-06-09 South African premier D. F. Malan visits Netherlands
  • 1953-07-15 ANC members, Walter Sisulu and Duma Nokwe leave South Africa and go overseas under false names
  • 1954-07-12 ANC President Albert Luthuli banned by South African Minister of Justice from attending public gatherings and confined to the magisterial district of Lower Tugela, Natal
  • 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
  • 1954-11-30 John Strydom succeeds D. F. Malan as premier of South Africa
  • 1955-06-09 Test Cricket debut of Ken Barrington, v South Africa at Trent Bridge
  • 1955-06-26 Freedom Charter signed in South Africa
  • 1955-11-09 UN disapproves of South Africa's apartheid politics
  • 1956-07-10 Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, South Africa, a soldier of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the armed wing of the ANC
  • 1956-08-09 South African women demonstrate against pass laws
  • 1956-08-17 One of the largest demonstrations in South Africa's history, 20,000 women marched to Pretoria's Union Buildings to present petition against carrying of passes by women to the Prime Minister
  • 1957-05-22 South Africa's government approves race separation in universities
  • 1957-12-23 Test Cricket debut for Wally Grout & Bobby Simpson v South Africa
  • 1958-01-03 Lindsay Kline takes a hat-trick v South Africa at Cape Town
  • 1958-03-14 South Africa's government prohibits the African National Congress
  • 1958-09-02 Hendrik Verwoerd appointed Prime Minister of South Africa
  • 1959-06-16 South African Apartheid government efforts to remove Black people from Cato Manor close to the Durban city center to newly established black township Kwa Mashu, on outskirts met with violent resistance
  • 1959-08-12 Progressive Party under John Steytler forms in South Africa
  • 1959-11-17 De Beers firm of South Africa announces synthetic diamond
  • 1960-01-01 A photograph of a South African boy in a torn vest is published in the Daily Herald; it was illegal to employ a 'native' under 18 in the mines under the Native Labour Regulation Act
  • 1960-01-21 Rock falls traps 437 at Coalbrook, South Africa; 417 die of methane poisoning

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960-02-03 British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan makes his famous "wind of change" speech in Africa, against the apartheid regime, angering South African politicians

British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan
  • 1960-03-21 Sharpeville Massacre: Police kill 72 in South Africa & outlaws ANC
  • 1960-04-09 South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd survives an assassination attempt by David Pratt despite being twice shot in the face
  • 1960-06-06 South African police kill 11 Pondo's at Nqusa Hill
  • 1960-06-24 Geoff Griffin takes a hat-trick South Africa v England Lord's
  • 1960-06-25 South Africa beats New Zealand 13-0 in the first rugby test of the series in Johannesburg
  • 1960-08-08 Charges against 53 of the 76 Africans detained after the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa are dropped
  • 1961-03-15 South Africa withdraws from British Commonwealth
  • 1961-03-17 South Africa leaves British Commonwealth
  • 1961-05-04 South Africa ANC leader John Nkadimeng arrested
  • 1961-05-31 Union of South Africa becomes a republic, leaves Commonwealth
  • 1961-06-27 Ghana imposes a total ban on exports to South Africa and South West Africa
  • 1961-06-29 The International Labour Organisation (ILO) calls for South Africa's withdrawal at the Geneva Conference in protest of the racial policies of the South African government
  • 1961-08-24 Former South African nazi leader Johannes Vorster becomes South Africa's minister of justice
  • 1961-12-08 South Africa v NZ, Durban debuts for Eddie Barlow & Peter Pollock
  • 1962-06-15 South Africa passes a bill setting death penalty for many crimes

  • 1962-06-27 In South Africa, the General Law Amendment Act (Sabotage Act) No 76 commences, increasing the state president's power to declare organisations unlawful and to add further restrictions to banning orders
  • 1962-08-04 Nelson Mandela captured by South African police
  • 1962-08-05 Nelson Mandela arrested for incitement and for illegally leaving South Africa
  • 1962-11-06 UN General Assembly adopts resolution condemning South Africa
  • 1963-06-25 South Africa worker's union leader Curnick Ndlovu arrested
  • 1963-06-25 Curnick Ndlovu, South African Trade Unionist and African National Congress Leader, is arrested
  • 1963-06-30 International Labour Organisation excludes South Africa from its two-day meeting because of its apartheid policies
  • 1963-07-06 South African workers' union leader Billy Nair arrested
  • 1963-07-13 Indian government announces it will cut last remaining links with South Africa by refusing landing facilities to South African aircraft
  • 1963-07-18 The United Nations Special Committee on Apartheid releases its second interim report pressing for international sanctions against South Africa, particularly the supply of arms, ammunition and petroleum
  • 1963-08-11 Four ANC political detainees escape from Pretoria Central prison in South Africa
  • 1963-10-20 South Africa begins trial of Nelson Mandela & 8 others on conspiracy
  • 1963-12-07 Ian Meckiff no-balled for throwing against the South Africans
  • 1964-06-12 Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison in South Africa
  • 1964-06-24 In South Africa, the 90-Days Act commences, providing for any person to be detained, without trial, for 90 days; further, the person could be re-arrested under the same law for another 90 days
  • 1964-08-18 South Africa banned from Olympic Games because of apartheid policies
  • 1964-10-04 3 cars of a commuter train derails in South Africa killing 81
  • 1964-11-17 British Labour Party installs weapon embargo against South Africa
  • 1965-01-06 Geoff Boycott takes 3-47 against South Africa, his best Test bowling
  • 1965-04-01 South Africa worker's union leader Henry Fazzie sentenced to 10 years
  • 1965-06-15 South Africa begins economic boycott of Dutch products
  • 1965-07-03 Harold Strachan, member of the Communist Party of South Africa and Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress, is served with a restriction order in terms of the Suppression of Communism Act
  • 1965-12-01 South Africa's government says children of white fathers are white
  • 1966-03-17 South Africa's government bans Defense & Aid Fund
  • 1966-05-01 Radio RSA, South Africa begins shortwave transmitting
  • 1966-06-22 South African Bishop Alphaeus Hamilton Zulu, is refused a passport and thus permission to attend an international church conference by the South African government
  • 1966-07-16 Number of banned persons in South Africa totals 936; the individuals are banned under various laws, most prominently the Suppression of Communism and Riotous Assembly Acts
  • 1966-08-03 South African government bans Beatle records
  • 1966-09-13 Johannes Balthazar Vorster sworn in as premier of South Africa
  • 1966-10-27 UN deprives South Africa of Namibia
  • 1967-05-23 Government bans submarines near South Africa
  • 1967-12-03 1st human heart transplant performed in South Africa by Dr Christiaan Barnard on Louis Washkansky
  • 1968-04-20 South African Airways Boeing 707 crashes at Windhoek, 122 killed
  • 1968-07-29 Gram Parsons refuses to play with the Byrds in South Africa
  • 1969-06-30 In South Africa, General Laws Amendment Bill is passed; the Bill contains far-reaching provisions and restrictions affecting the administration of justice and the disclosure of evidence
  • 1970-01-01 The University College of Zululand, formerly affiliated to the University of South Africa, attains full academic autonomy as the University of Zululand.
  • 1970-01-22 Test debut of Barry Richards, South Africa v Australia, Cape Town
  • 1970-02-05 Test Cricket debut of John Traicos, South Africa v Australia, Durban
  • 1970-02-11 John Lennon pays £1,344 fines for 96 protesting South African rugby team playing in Scotland
  • 1970-03-10 South Africa complete 4-0 series drubbing of Australia
  • 1970-08-13 Pamphlet bombs which scatter revolutionary African National Congress propaganda leaflets explode in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 1970-08-19 The Chinese Community in South Africa is granted 'White' status
  • 1971-03-03 South African Broadcasting Corp lifts its ban on the Beatles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971-03-03 Winnie Mandela sentenced to 1 year in jail in South Africa

Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician Winnie Mandela
Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician
Winnie Mandela
  • 1971-03-31 South Africa national debt hits 5.45 billion
  • 1971-06-21 International Court of Justice asks South Africa to pull out of Namibia
  • 1971-06-22 Pretoria court rules that the former leader of the banned Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), Robert Sobukwe, will not be allowed to use his exit permit to leave South Africa for study in the United States
  • 1972-01-01 Policewomen are enlisted as full members of South African Police Force for the first time.
  • 1972-06-01 Tswanaland becomes Bophuthatswana in South Africa

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 498

  • 1928-11-12 Robert Holness, Natal, South Africa, English radio and television presenter (BBC), (d. 2012)
  • 1929-01-23 Ian Thomson, cricketer (England seam bowler v South Africa 1964-65)
  • 1929-01-30 Hugh Tayfield, cricketer (celebrated South African off-spinner 1949-60)
  • 1929-03-11 Jackie McGlew, cricketer (dour South African opening bat of the 50')
  • 1929-03-24 Cuan McCarthy, cricketer (36 Test wkts for South Africa, 1 career no-ball)
  • 1929-05-21 Paul Winslow, cricketer (big-hitter for South Africa, 108 v England 1955)
  • 1929-05-23 Joe Modise, South African commandant of Umkhonto we Sizwe (1965- )
  • 1929-06-28 Helena van Heerden, South African pianist
  • 1929-08-21 Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, born in Schweizer-Reneke (d. 2017)
  • 1929-11-27 Billy Nair, South African union/SACP leader (20 yrs in Robbeneiland Prison)
  • 1930-01-19 John Waite, cricket wicket-keeper (great South African)
  • 1930-01-30 Magnus Adem Malan, South African minister of Defense (1980- )
  • 1930-04-15 Elijah Barayi, head of South Africa union centre (COSATU)
  • 1930-06-03 Michael Melle, cricketer (South African pace bowler of early 1950's)
  • 1930-06-07 Ian Leggat, New Zealand cricketer (1 Test v South Africa 1953-54 without distinction), born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • 1930-07-09 Roy McLean, cricketer (prolific South African batsman played 40 Tests)
  • 1930-08-04 David M G Curry, South African Labour Party parliament leader
  • 1930-10-13 Peter J Clase, South African minister of Education/Culture (1985- )
  • 1931-01-10 Alexander L "Alex" Boraine, South Africa vicar/MP
  • 1931-03-08 Neil Adcock, cricketer (South African pace bowler, 104 wkts 1953-62), (d. 2013)
  • 1931-04-19 Hendrick J "Kobie" Coetsee, South Africa minister of Defense/Justice
  • 1931-07-15 Eugene Louw, South African minister of Internal affairs
  • 1931-08-01 Trevor Goddard, cricketer (South African opening batsman & opening bowler)
  • 1931-08-02 Eddie Fuller, cricketer (South African fast bowler in 7 Tests 1952-58)
  • 1931-08-09 Mark Weinberg, South African/British fiancier/multi-millionaire

Person of interestDesmond Tutu

1931-10-07 Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop of South Africa and 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner, born in Klerksdorp, Western Transvaal, South Africa

Anglican Archbishop and Activist Desmond Tutu
Anglican Archbishop and Activist
Desmond Tutu
  • 1931-12-28 Georg "Org" Marais, South African economist/underminister of Finance
  • 1932-02-03 J P "Pom-Pom" Felloes-Smith, cricketer (South African batsman v England 1960)
  • 1932-03-04 Miriam Makeba, singer (Grammy 1965), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1932-03-09 Sister Bernard Ncube, South African religious sister and anti-apartheid, born in Johannesburg (d. 2012)

Person of interestF. W. de Klerk

1932-03-18 F. W. de Klerk, South African President (1989-94), winner of 1993 Nobel Peace Price with Nelson Mandela, born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • 1932-03-31 Godfrey Lawrence, cricketer (South African fast bowler, 8-53 v NZ 1961)
  • 1932-04-27 Roelof "Pik" Botha, South African minister of Foreign affairs, born in Rustenburg, Transvaal, South Africa
  • 1932-06-11 Athol Fugard, South African anti-apartheid writer (Blood Knot), born in Middelburg, South Africa
  • 1932-06-26 Henry Bromfield, cricketer (South African off-spinner in 9 Tests 1961-65)
  • 1933-03-06 Kim Elgie, South African cricketer (South African bat v NZ 1961-62, Scotland RU intl)
  • 1933-03-22 Chris Duckworth, South African cricketer (South African batsman v England 1956-57)
  • 1933-07-17 Tony Pithey, cricketer (brother of David, South African batsman in 17 Tests)
  • 1933-08-14 Bryce Courtenay, Australian novelist (The Power of One), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2012)
  • 1933-10-10 Gerald Masters, South African/British author (Pan Book of Dates)
  • 1933-12-06 Jim Pothecary, cricketer (South African pace bowler on 1960 England tour)
  • 1934-03-11 Sydney Burke, cricketer (South African quick, 11 wkts on Test debut v NZ 1961)
  • 1934-05-26 Abdulah M "Dulah" Omar, South African attorney/UDF-leader
  • 1934-08-11 Bob Hepple, South African-born academic and master of Clare College Cambridge, (d. 2015)
  • 1934-10-03 Harold Ralph Henning, PGA golfer (1966 Texas Open), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1934-11-09 Ronald Harwood, South African playwright (Dresser), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1935-02-05 John J "Jannie" Geldenhuys, supreme commander South African army
  • 1935-02-28 Clive Halse, cricketer (South African fast bowler on 1963-64 Aust/NZ tour)
  • 1935-05-26 Sheila Steafel, South African-born British actress
  • 1935-05-29 André Brink, South African writer (Dry White Season), born in Vrede, Free State
  • 1935-05-29 Denis J Worrall, South African politician/leader (DP)
  • 1935-06-25 Wynand Breytenbach, South African under minister of Defense (1986- )
  • 1935-07-12 Chris Burger, cricketer (South African batsman v Australia 1957-58)
  • 1935-07-24 George Varnals, South African cricket batsman (England 1964-65)
  • 1935-08-05 Zakes Mokae, actor (Comedians), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1935-10-09 Paul Barton, cricketer (NZ batsman in early 1960's, century v South Africa)

Person of interestGary Player

1935-11-01 Gary Player, South African PGA golfer (British Open-1959, 68, 74), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
  • 1936-01-08 Ferdinand Hartzenberg, South African minister of Education (1979-82)
  • 1936-06-05 M A "Kelly" Seymour, cricketer (South African off-spinner in 7 Tests 1963-70)

Person of interestWinnie Mandela

1936-09-26 Winnie Mandela [Winnie Madikizela-Mandela], South African anti-apartheid activist and ANC politician, born in Bizana, Pondoland, South Africa (d. 2018)

Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician Winnie Mandela
Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician
Winnie Mandela
  • 1936-10-04 David Pithey, cricketer (bro of Tony, South African all-rounder in 8 Tests)
  • 1936-10-22 Neville E Alexander, South african (10 years in Robbeneiland Jail)
  • 1936-12-08 W S "Buster" Farrer, cricketer (South African Test batsman 1962-64)
  • 1937-03-09 Grahame Chevalier, South African cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1970, 0 & 0*, 5-100), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2017)
  • 1937-03-14 Peter van der Merwe, cricketer (South African captain of mid-1960's)
  • 1937-07-01 Ebrahim I Ebrahim, South African ANCer/Umkhonto we Sizwe-leader
  • 1937-08-04 Jacobus H "Koos" van de Merwe, South African attorney/CP parliament leader
  • 1937-12-11 Adrian J Vlok, South African NP-minister of Law & Order (1986- )
  • 1938-04-05 Colin Bland, South African cricketer (South African bat Maybe the best cover field), born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • 1938-04-18 Andreas J "Cat" Liebenberg, supreme commander (South African army)
  • 1938-05-24 Glen Hall, cricket leg-spinner (South African in one Test v England 1964)
  • 1938-06-21 James Botten, cricketer (all-rounder in 1965 South African series v England)
  • 1938-07-18 Dudu Pukwana, [Mtutuzel], South African/British saxophonist/composer
  • 1938-10-28 Peter Carlstein, cricketer (South African Test batsman 1958-64)
  • 1938-11-19 Richard Dumbrill, cricketer (South African all-rounder in 5 Tests 1965-67)
  • 1938-11-24 Wynne Bradburn, cricketer (father of Grant NZ batsman v South Africa 1964)
  • 1938-12-09 Elizabeth H "Rina" Venter, South African minister of Health care
  • 1938-12-15 Dennis RB Madide, South African Internal minister of Transkei
  • 1939-02-09 Janet Suzman, South African actress (Dry White Season, Nuns on the Run)
  • 1939-04-04 Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, anti-apartheid activist (I Am Not Afraid), described as the "father of South African jazz," born in Witbank, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • 1939-06-06 Nganani Enos J Mabuza, South African leader (Inyandza National Movement), born in Barberton, South Africa (d. 1997)
  • 1939-06-12 Geoff Griffin, South African cricketer (South African quick, hat-trick & chuck v Eng 1960), born in Greytown, Natal Province, Union of South Africa (d. 2006)
  • 1939-06-26 Smangaliso P Mkhatshwa, South Africa, Secretary-General (Bishops' Conference 1983-88)
  • 1939-07-26 Wopko Jensma, South African poet and graphic designer, born in South Africa
  • 1939-09-15 Breyten Breytenbach, South African poet/painter
  • 1939-09-17 Joseph Mosikili, American-born South African broadway actor and singer, born in Amarillo, Texas
  • 1939-10-11 Franklin A Sonn, union leader (South African workers)
  • 1939-11-05 Ken Walter, South African cricket pace bowler (1961-62 series v NZ)
  • 1939-12-18 Christoffel "Stoffel" van de Merwe, South African minister of Education
  • 1940-01-17 Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, South African poet (Fireflames)
  • 1940-01-19 Barend J du Plessis, South African minister of Finance (1984- )
  • 1940-02-17 Dennis Gamsy, South African cricketer (South African bat in 2 Tests v Australia 1970), born in Glenwood, South Africa
  • 1940-02-22 Johnson P Mlambo, South African leader (Pan-African Congress)
  • 1940-03-02 Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, chairman (South African Prog Fed Party, 1979-86)
  • 1940-05-18 Pat Trimborn, cricket pace bowler (South African in 4 Tests 1966-70)
  • 1940-06-05 H R "Tiger" Lance, cricketer (South African batting all-rounder 1961-67)
  • 1940-06-23 Simon Hobday, South African golfer (1994 US Senior Open), born in Mafikeng, South Africa (d. 2017)
  • 1940-07-10 Dawid J "Dawie" de Villiers, South African minister of energy (1989- )
  • 1940-08-12 Eddie Barlow, cricketer (Great South African all-rounder)
  • 1940-10-21 Manfred Mann, [Michael Lubowitz], South Africa, rocker (Mighty Quinn)

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 287 of 287

  • 1990-02-28 Tuppy Owen-Smith, South African cricketer (batsman v England 1929), dies
  • 1990-06-18 Dennis Dyer, South African cricketer (scored 96 3 Tests for South Africa), dies at 76
  • 1990-07-02 Muntu Myeza, South African anti-apartheid activist, dies in auto at 39
  • 1990-08-31 Johnny Lindsay, cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1947), dies
  • 1991-09-29 Sam Ntuli, South African ANC-writer, murdered
  • 1991-12-06 Headman Tshabalala, South African singer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), shot and killed at 44
  • 1992-01-23 Simon Brand, South African banker and adviser to President F. W. de Klerk, dies
  • 1992-08-17 Andre de Villiers, South African, murdered
  • 1993-01-04 Daniel H Craven, South African rugby coach, dies
  • 1993-03-07 Tony Harris, South African cricketer (8 Tests for South Africa 1947-49, 100 runs) and rugby union player (Springbok), dies at 76
  • 1993-04-22 Andries Treurnicht, founder South African Conservative Party, dies at 72
  • 1993-04-30 Eric Rowan, cricketer (26 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1993-07-11 Denis Tomlinson, South African cricket leg-spinner, dies
  • 1993-12-03 Thomas Mogotlane, South African actor (Mapantsula), dies at 40
  • 1994-02-25 Hugh Tayfield, cricketer (170 wickets for South Africa in 37 Tests), dies
  • 1994-03-03 Bob Crisp, cricketer (9 Tests for South Africa, 20 wickets at 37 35), dies
  • 1994-03-09 John Harrison, South African correspondent (BBC), dies at 48
  • 1994-04-18 Ken Oosterbroek, South African press photographer, shot dead at 32
  • 1994-05-09 Elias Motsoaledi, South African freedom fighter (b. 1924)
  • 1994-05-12 Xenophon Balaskas, cricketer (9 Tests for South Africa, 22 wkts), dies
  • 1994-07-27 Kevin Carter, a South African photojournalist and Pulitzer Prize winner & member of the Bang-Bang Club, suicide at 33
  • 1994-08-28 David Wright, South African-British poet (Deafness: A Personal Account), dies of cancer at 74
  • 1994-11-22 Charles Fortune, South African cricket commentator, dies
  • 1994-12-26 Johannes J "Joop" Klant, Neth/South African economist/author, dies
  • 1995-01-03 Gerard W Taylor, South African/British surgeon, dies at 74
  • 1995-01-06 Joe Slovo, Latvian/South African attorney/sect-gen (SACR), dies at 68
  • 1995-05-09 Percy Mansell, cricketer (355 runs in 13 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1995-07-01 Bruce Mitchell, South African cricket opening batsman (42 Tests), dies at 86
  • 1996-01-19 Harold Wolpe, South African sociologist, lawyer, and activist, dies at 70
  • 1996-05-20 Jack Wyngaard, South African dancer, dies at 37
  • 1996-12-16 Laurens Jan van der Post, South African writer, explorer and conservationist, dies at 90
  • 1996-12-22 Hetta [Hester Henrietta] Empson, South African-born British artist, dies at 81
  • 1998-04-22 Kitch Christie, South African rugby coach (b. 1940)
  • 1998-05-07 Allan McLeod Cormack, South African physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1924)
  • 1998-07-07 Brigadier Theuns Swanepoel, South African Security Police notorious for ordering the police to shoot at protesting school children in 1976, 70
  • 2000-06-17 Ismail Mahomed, South African and Namibian Chief Justice (d. 1931)
  • 2000-08-14 Cuan McCarthy, South African cricketer (b. 1929)
  • 2001-08-19 Donald Woods, South African journalist, anti-apartheid activist and author (Biko, Asking for Trouble), dies at 67
  • 2001-09-02 Christiaan Barnard, South African cardiac surgeon (perform 1st heart transplant), dies from a severe asthma attack at 78
  • 2002-01-12 Stanley Unwin, South African comedian (b. 1911)
  • 2002-06-01 Hansie Cronje, South African cricketer (b. 1969)
  • 2003-05-05 Walter Sisulu, South African activist (b. 1912)
  • 2003-11-04 Ken Gampu, South African actor (b. 1929)
  • 2003-12-30 David Bale, South African-born activist (b. 1941)
  • 2004-05-26 Dullah Omar, South African lawyer (b. 1934)
  • 2004-07-26 Sipho Gumede, South African jazz legend, lung cancer (birthdate unknown)
  • 2004-12-26 Jonathan Drummond-Webb, South African pediatric heart surgeon (b. 1959)
  • 2005-01-19 K. Sello Duiker, South African novelist (b. 1974)
  • 2005-03-16 Allan Hendrickse, South African politician (b. 1927)
  • 2005-12-06 Danny Williams, South African-born singer (b. 1942)
  • 2006-02-11 Jockey Shabalala, South African singer (b. 1943)
  • 2006-09-08 Hilda Bernstein, English-born South African author, artist, and activist (b. 1915)
  • 2006-10-23 Lebo Mathosa, South African entertainer (b. 1977)
  • 2006-10-31 Pieter Willem Botha, President of South Africa (b. 1916)
  • 2006-12-16 Taliep Petersen, South African singer and composer (b. 1950)
  • 2007-01-01 Roland Levinsky, South African medical scientist (b. 1943)
  • 2007-01-04 Marais Viljoen, former State President of South Africa (b. 1915)
  • 2007-01-09 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (b. 1977)
  • 2007-01-31 Adelaide Tambo, South African anti-apartheid activist, politician and wife of Oliver Tambo, dies at 77
  • 2007-03-18 Bob Woolmer, South African cricketer and Pakistan national coach (b. 1948)
  • 2007-10-18 Lucky Dube, South African musician (b. 1964)
  • 2007-11-02 Henry Cele, South African Actor; best known for his onscreen portrayal of the legendary Shaka Zulu
  • 2008-01-07 Alwyn Schlebusch, South African vice state president (b. 1917)
  • 2008-02-15 Ashley Callie, South African actress (b. 1976)
  • 2008-04-04 Francis Tucker, South African Rally Driver (b. 1923)
  • 2008-08-15 Vic Toweel, South African boxer, bantamweight world champion
  • 2008-11-10 Miriam Makeba, South African singer and anti-apartheid activist (b. 1932)
  • 2009-12-16 Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, controversial South African Health Minister (b. 1940)
  • 2010-02-05 Harry Schwarz, South African lawyer, politician and diplomat, leader of the anti-apartheid movement (b. 1924).
  • 2010-05-25 Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African opera singer (b. 1975)
  • 2010-12-26 Edward Bhengu, South African activist (b. 1934)
  • 2012-03-02 Lawrence Anthony, South African conservationist and author, dies from heart attack at 61
  • 2012-06-07 Phillip Tobias, South African palaeoanthropologist and three time Nobel Prize nominee (hominid fossil sites), dies at 86
  • 2012-09-23 Corrie Sanders, South African boxer, shot dead at 46
  • 2012-11-22 Bryce Courtenay, South African-born Australian novelist, dies from stomach cancer at 79
  • 2013-01-06 Neil Adcock, South African cricketer, dies from bowel cancer at 81

Person of interestNelson Mandela

2013-12-05 Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist, political prisoner (1962-90) and South African President (1994-99), dies of a lung infection at 95

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 2014-07-13 Nadine Gordimer, South African author & Nobel laureate, dies at 90
  • 2015-02-06 André Brink, South African writer (Kennis van die aand - 1st Afrikaans book banned), dies at 79
  • 2015-07-28 Clive Rice, South African cricket all-rounder, dies at 66
  • 2015-08-21 Bob Hepple, South African-born academic and Nelson Mandela's lawyer, dies at 81
  • 2015-08-25 Ian Smith, South African cricket leg-spinner (1947-58) who averaged 64.08, dies at 90
  • 2016-07-31 Seymour Papert, South African mathematician, dies at 88
  • 2017-02-06 Joost can der Westhuizen, South African rugby player, dies of motor neurone disease at 45
  • 2017-03-02 Simon Hobday, South African golfer (1994 US Senior Open), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2017-03-28 Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, dies at 87
  • 2017-06-18 Lord Joffe [Joel Goodman Joffe], South African-born British lawyer (instructing solicitor for Nelson Mandela’s defence team) and businessman, dies at 85