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Thursday, January 12, 1978

Gagathura Mohambry (Monty) Naicker, medical doctor and prominent politician, was born in Durban

This article was produced for South African History Online on 30-Sep-2013

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  • Thursday, January 12, 2012
    World Day Against Child Labour.
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  • Tuesday, January 12, 1999
    Steve Tshwete, Minister of Sport and Recreation, holds talks with representatives of nine national sports organisations, urging them to make teams more representative of all races.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, January 12, 2007
    Comet  McNaught, reported to be the brightest comet visible from earth in the last thirty years, is seen at its brightest in die South African sky.
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  • Sunday, January 12, 1992
    Algerian government cancels second round of voting in parliamentary elections that an Islamic party looks set to win. The Islamists take to arms, and ten thousands of Algerians die in the next few years.
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  • Tuesday, January 12, 1988
    SA signs a medical co-operation treaty with the government of the Republic of China, providing advanced training for medical and nursing personnel.
    References:
    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds) (1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.

  • Saturday, January 12, 1991
    Forty-five (thirty-five?) ANC mourners are killed during an attack on a funeral vigil for an ANC member in Sebokeng.
    References:
    • Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 265
    •  Meer, F. (ed)(1993). The Codesa file. Durban: Madiba Publishers, p. 34

  • Saturday, January 12, 1991
    Leaders of South Africa's major sports federations agree to work towards a blanket moratorium on all contact with international sport and to establish a co-ordinating committee for the formation of single, non-racial sports organisations.
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  • Tuesday, January 12, 1988
    Sithembele Zokwe, detained in terms of the Transkei Public Security Act of 1977, is shot dead at his home in Nqamakwe by police from Butterworth. A murder docket was opened against a number of security police.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1989). Race Relations Survey 1988/89, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, p. 103.

  • Wednesday, January 12, 1983
    The South African Indian Council (SAIC) decides to give the government's constitutional proposals 'a reasonable chance', provided the Indian community approves them in a referendum.
    References:
    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds) (1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.

  • Tuesday, January 12, 1982
    Joshua Polumo Mohapeloa, regarded as Lesotho's foremost composer and choral master, dies in Maseru, Lesotho.
    References:
    • Sonderling, N.E. (ed.) New Dictionary of South African Biography, v.2, Pretoria: Vista.

  • Saturday, January 12, 1980
    A British Sports Council team begins a three-week fact-finding tour of South Africa to investigate racial discrimination in sport.
    References:
    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds) (1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.

  • Thursday, January 12, 1978
    Philemon (Duma) Pearce Dumasile Nokwe, first African advocate of the Supreme Court of Transvaal and a politician, dies.
    References:
    • Verwey, E.J. (ed)(1995). New Dictionary of South African Biography, v.1, Pretoria: HSRC.
    •  http://www.sahistory.org.za/

  • Thursday, January 12, 1978
    Gagathura (Monty) Mohambry Naicker,  medical doctor and prominent politician, dies.
    References:
    • Verwey, E.J. (ed)(1995). New Dictionary of South African Biography, v.1, Pretoria: HSRC.
    •  http://www.sahistory.org.za/

  • Friday, January 12, 1973
    A notice providing for compulsory education for Indians is gazetted.

  • Saturday, January 12, 1974
    North African nations of Libya and Tunisia announce agreement to merge as a new republic, the Islamic Arab Republic". The union never goes into effect.
  • Wednesday, January 12, 1972
    The Paramount Chief of the Zulus, Prince Goodwill Zwelithini, is officially removed as a member of the Zulu Legislative Assembly by an amendment to the Constitution. His position henceforth will be ceremonial.

  • Sunday, January 12, 1964
    Abeid Karume, leader of the Zanzibar Afro-Shrazi Party, seizes power from the Arab dominated Zanzibar National Party and proclaims a people's republic. The Sultan is banished.
  • Monday, January 12, 1970
    After thirty months of fighting, Biafra capitulates to Nigeria. Biafra leader General Odumegwu Ojukwu flees with his family.
  • Tuesday, January 12, 1960
    Adv. C.R. Swart is appointed as the last Governor-General of South Africa.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, January 12, 1944
    Eileen KaNkosi-Shandu, South African educationist and leader of the Inkatha Women's Brigade, is born.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, January 12, 1958
    Darkey Ephraim Africa, political activist and MEC Local Government, Housing & Development, North West Government since 1994, is born.
    References:
    • Hayes, S. (ed)(2000).  Who's Who of Southern Africa 2001 ..., Graighall: Jonathan Ball.

  • Wednesday, January 12, 1916
    P.W. Botha, former state president, is born on the farm 'Telegraaf' in Paul Roux district, OFS.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, January 12, 1940
    Daniël Hermanus (Dan) Pienaar is appointed to command the First South African Infantry Brigade.
    References:
    • Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 8, p. 553.

  • Tuesday, January 12, 1904
    Several hundred mounted Herero invade Okahandja in the then German South-West Africa, setting fire to buildings and killing 123 people, mainly Germans.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Pakenham, T. (1991). The Scramble for Africa, Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball.

  • Tuesday, January 12, 1915
    WWI: South African forces invade German South-West Africa at Ramansdrift.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, January 12, 1896
    Prof. Matthys Stefanus Benjamin Kritzinger, Afrikaans literator and lexicographer, is born in the district of Carolina, Eastern Tvl.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, January 12, 1879
    War breaks out between the British and the Zulu. (Omer-Cooper: History of Southern Africa)
    References:
    • Pakenham, T. (1991). The Scramble for Africa, Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball.
    •  http://www.news24.com

  • Thursday, January 12, 1854
    Sir Henry Bale, chief justice of Natal and later minister of education, is born in Pietermaritzburg.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, January 12, 1865
    Jan F.E. Celliers  (Johannes Francois Elias, S.A. poet, writer and dramatist, is born.  He died on 1 June 1940.
    References:
    • Swart, M.J., et al. (eds)(1980). Afrikaanse Kultuuralmanak,  Aucklandpark: Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge
    •  Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, January 12, 1666
    Johan (Joan) van Arkel (26), first resident clergyman at the Cape, dies four months after his arrival.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau