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Born John Maxwell Coetzee in Cape Town to Afrikaner parents, Coetzee uses his initials as his pen name. He studied at the University of Cape Town and graduated with an honours degree in English in 1960 and an honours degree in Mathematics the following year.

This article was produced by South African History Online on 06-Feb-2014

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  • Thursday, February 9, 2006
    Muslims protest against the Danish Government outside the Town Hall in Cape Town in protest to the publication of cartoons in a Danish newspaper, which depicted caricatures of the Muslim faith.
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  • Wednesday, February 9, 2005
    SA Protea captain Graeme Smith scores his second hundred in three matches and Justin Kemp hammers a spectacular 80 off 50 balls as South Africa beat England by seven runs in an enthralling fifth one-dayer.
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  • Wednesday, February 9, 2005
    News 24 reports that a delay with the awarding of a tender of billions of rands to renew Spoornet's age-old locomotives is threatening to further hamper the rail giant's service provision. http://www.news24.com

  • Saturday, February 9, 2002
    Hundreds of singing Ethiopians line Addis Ababa's streets to welcome the return of a replica of the Ark of the Covenant looted from Ethiopia by British soldiers along with gold and silver artefacts more than 130 years ago.
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  • Saturday, February 9, 2002
    Princess Margaret, 71, younger sister of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, who visited SA with the royal family in 1947, dies.
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  • Friday, February 9, 2001
    President Mbeki spells out the Government's envisaged economic programme in his State of the Nation address.
    References:
    • Burger, D. (ed)(2002). South Africa Yearbook 2001/02, Pretoria: GCIS, p. 157

  • Saturday, February 9, 2002
    Bulelani Vukwana (29) shoots and kills his girlfriend and nine others before killing himself in Mdantsane suburb of East London.
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  • Tuesday, February 9, 1999
    An Ethiopian plane bombs an Eritrean village full of homeless people, killing at least five civilians and escalating a border dispute.
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  • Friday, February 9, 1996
    It is announced that a special party congress has been called for in Bloemfontein at Easter by the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) at which a new leadership would be elected.
  • Tuesday, February 9, 1999
    In Cape Town the heaviest possible sentence in the South African Justice system is imposed on the Niewoudtville murder gang – an unspecified term of imprisonment. They were convicted in 1998 of the murders on two women and a little girl (4).
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, February 9, 1992
    S'kumbumso Ngwenya, ANC official, is shot dead after leaving a restaurant in the centre of Pietermaritzburg.
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    • Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 254.

  • Saturday, February 9, 1991
    Oupa Gqozo, head of the Ciskei, claims to have put down the second coup attempt in the space of two weeks, with the assistance of South African forces.
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  • Sunday, February 9, 1992
    After two days of fighting between Islamic fundamentalists and security forces in Algeria, a state of emergency is declared.
  • Friday, February 9, 1990
    Kenyan Foreign Minister Robert Ouko is found slain at his family farm before he was to have presented a report on corruption. Two of president Daniel Arap Moi's closest confidants are later named as suspects but never convicted.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  https://www.news24.com

  • Saturday, February 9, 1991
    The Government sets up a quick reaction network of ninety-six police officers and twenty-nine ANC contact personnel to deal with violence emergencies.
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    • Meer, F. (ed)(1993). The Codesa file. Durban: Madiba Publishers, p. 33

  • Tuesday, February 9, 1988
    The Health Ministry says carriers of Aids will be barred from entering South Africa.
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  • Thursday, February 9, 1978
    Winnie Mandela, restricted to a Black township at Brandfort (Orange Free State), is sentenced to six months' imprisonment (suspended for four years) for breaking her banning and house arrest order by receiving unauthorised visits by friends and relatives.
  • Thursday, February 9, 1978
    South Africa is to make its own missiles. Kentron (Pty) Ltd, a newly formed subsidiary of ARMSCOR (the South African Armaments Corporation) will produce these.
  • Wednesday, February 9, 1977
    The Prime Ministers of South Africa and Rhodesia meet in Cape Town for talks on the Rhodesian problem and the possibilities for settlement.
  • Saturday, February 9, 1957
    Mohammed Valli Moosa, former SA Minister of Environmental Affairs & Tourism,is born in Lenasia, Johannesburg.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  https://www.mbendi.co.za/
    •  https://www.environment.gov.za/
    •  www.gov.za

  • Monday, February 9, 1959
    The Music Association of the Witwatersrand is founded.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, February 9, 1956
    R. Lacoste follows Catroux as premier of Algeria.
  • Tuesday, February 9, 1954
    Walter Sisulu acts as speaker at a meeting of the "South African Society for Peace and Friendship with the Soviet Union" which is held in the Ambagsaal, Johannesburg. Sisulu talks of the way in which Communism has been implemented in Russia and China.
  • Wednesday, February 9, 1955
    Native Resettlement Board begins moving the first Africans from Sophiatown to their new homes in Meadowlands. It is strongly condemned by Fr Trevor Huddleston and The Star newspaper. The date is given as 10 February by another source.
    References:
    • Joyce: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid

  • Sunday, February 9, 1941
    World War 2:  The German troops of Gen. Erwin Rommel move from Italy to North Africa.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  https://www.news24.com

  • Sunday, February 9, 1936
    Lt. Tommy Rose arrives in Cape Town from England after a flight that lasted three days, seventeen hours and thirty-eight minutes.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, February 9, 1937
    Abraham H. de Vries is born at Winkelplaas close to Ladismith, CP.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, February 9, 1932
    Nicolaas Marais Hoogenhout, founder of the "Afrikaanse Taalgenootskap" in 1905, principal of the Pretoria Normaalkollege, 1925-1927, rector of the Pretoria University College (later University of Pretoria) and in 1928 Director of Education in Transvaal, dies.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, February 9, 1927
    Spain and France begin talks on their respective 'sphere of influence' in Morocco.
  • Wednesday, February 9, 1916
    The Cape Corps, consisting of thirty-two officers and 1022 soldiers, leaves for East Africa during the First World War.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, February 9, 1916
    General Jan Christian Smuts is appointed commander of UK and South African troops in the East African campaign of World War I.
  • Thursday, February 9, 1922
    Dirk Meerkotter, SA painter and potter, is born in Pietersburg, Tvl. 
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, February 9, 1909
    France and Germany reach agreement over Morocco, with Germany recognising French special interests there in return for economic concessions.
  • Friday, February 9, 1900
    Anglo-Boer War 2: George Frederick Labram, mechanical engineer who built 'Long Cecil' for the defence of Kimberley during the siege by the Boers, is killed by a shell from a Boer 'Long Tom' only a few days before the siege was raised.
    References:
    • Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 6, p. 513

  • Friday, February 9, 1906
    Bambata Rebellion: Natal Governor Sir Henry McCallum proclaims martial law. Some 1 000 men are mobilised under command of Col Duncan McKenzie.
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  • Monday, February 9, 1891
    Menelek, Emperor of Ethiopia, denounces Italian claims to a protectorate.
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  • Monday, February 9, 1874
    Langalibalele, chief of the AmaHlubi people, is tried by a British special court, found guilty of treason, and banished to Robben Island. He was one of the first Black activists to mount an armed struggle and to be banished to Robben Island, nearly a century before Nelson Mandela was imprisoned there.
    References:
    • Sonderling, N.E. (ed.) (1999). New Dictionary of South African Biography, v.2, Pretoria: Vista.

  • Wednesday, February 9, 1876
    William Cock (82), British settler who wanted to build a harbour at Port Alfred, dies in Grahamstown. 
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, February 9, 1841
    Daniel Lindley, an American Presbyterian clergyman, is formally ordained as minister of the Voortrekkers' Pietermaritzburg congregation, succeeding Erasmus Smit.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau Swart: Afrikaanse Kultuuralmanak

  • Wednesday, February 9, 1853
    Sir Leander Starr Jameson, leader of the Jameson raid into Transvaal, is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  https://www.news24.com