This Day in History

 12 July →
Tuesday, July 12, 1887

Rudolph Ludewyk “Okey” Lewis was born on 12 July 1887 in Pretoria.[i] Rudolph was South Africa’s second world class athlete after Laurens S Meintjes.[ii] He represented South Africa at the 1912 Olympics, held in Stockholm, Sweden.[iii] Despite competing against more experienced road riders, Rudolph outperformed the other competitors to claim gold in the inpidual 320 km race.[iv] He competed professionally in r

This article was produced for South African History Online on 10-Jan-2018

This Day in History Extra Dates
  • Monday, July 12, 2004
    Thirty-seven African immigrants, rescued three weeks earlier at sea by a German ship, disembark in Sicily, Italy.
    References:
    • BBC, (2004). 'Key Dates', Focus on Africa, October to December, v. 15 no. 4, p. 6

  • Monday, July 12, 1999
    The fifty-two-member Organisation of African Unity begins a conference in Algeria to address African problems ranging from a $220 billion debt to civil conflicts.
    References:

  • Monday, July 12, 1999
    Old Mutual is listed as a public company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and the London Stock Exchange.
    References:
    • Burger, D. (ed)(2002). South Africa Yearbook 2001/02, Pretoria: GCIS, p. 253

  • Sunday, July 12, 1998
    Marais Steyn (83), former leading figure in the United Party and later National Party, dies in Stellenbosch.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, July 12, 1993
    Zulu-speaking gunmen, firing randomly from a vehicle, kill fourteen residents.
    References:
    • Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 265.

  • Friday, July 12, 1991
    Aubrey Sibiloane, MK, is shot dead on entering the yard of his home in Katlehong.
    References:
    • Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 253.

  • Friday, July 12, 1991
    The ANC calls for the release of more than 900 political prisoners it says are still being held in South Africa and Bophuthatswana. The detentions are an obstacle to negotiations, it says.
    References:

  • Friday, July 12, 1991
    Switzerland announces lifting of a directive, in force since 1974, which limited export of capital to SA.

  • Thursday, July 12, 1990
    Shantytown women strip to the waist and confront bulldozers sent to demolish their Dobsonville, Soweto, homes. However, the women's protest is ignored and the demolitions go ahead.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  http://www.news24.com

  • Wednesday, July 12, 1989
    The prison authorities releases a statement by Nelson Mandela subsequent to his meeting with President Botha on 5 July, stating his support for peaceful development in South Africa, but adding that dialogue with the anti-apartheid movement in particular, the ANC, was the only way to achieve peace.
    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, July 12, 1988
    The Star reports that two men, Elliot Nkuma and Joseph Mahlalela were sentenced to death for the 'necklace' murder of M. Mpapne in 1986. They successfully applied for leave to appeal.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1989). Race Relations Survey 1988/89, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, p. 577

  • Thursday, July 12, 1984
    A car bomb explodes in Durban, killing five and injuring twenty-seven people.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  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

  • Sunday, July 12, 1987
    Dr Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, who headed a delegation of fifty-two mainly Afrikaans-speaking South Africans to Dakar, expresses his satisfaction with the outcome of their discussions with the banned ANC. The ANC says it has "reaffirmed our belief that Afrikaners and Africans can resolve the conflict".
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  http://www.news24.com

  • Saturday, July 12, 1980
    ACCESS launches a campaign to ban South African golfers from competing in Eisenhower Tournament at Pinehurst, North Carolina, 3-6 October. (South Africa was excluded last year when Fiji was the venue).
    References:
    • Chronological Review of Developments Concerning Sports and Apartheid. SAHO

  • Saturday, July 12, 1980
    Mr. Davie Craven, President of the South African Rugby Board, announces in Pretoria, after a meeting with the President of the French Rugby Federation, that the French Tricolors will arrive in South Africa late in October for a four-month tour. He said that the Springbok rugby team would tour South America at the end of the current season for a number of matches, including a probable two tests against Argentina. (This will be in October, before the Tricolors tour).
    References:
    • Chronological Review of Developments Concerning Sports and Apartheid. SAHO

  • Saturday, July 12, 1980
    The Springbok rugby team loses the last test match against the Lions in Pretoria 13-17, but wins the series 3-1.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  http://www.andibradley.com/

  • Thursday, July 12, 1979
    The three-day-long half-century celebrations of the Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge (FAK) in Bloemfontein ends. 
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, July 12, 1978
    Dr Ludwig Wybren (Louis) Hiemstra (81), language advisor of the Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa and co-author of the Bilingual Dictionary, dies.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  http://www.afrikaans.com/av722.html

  • Saturday, July 12, 1975
    Manuel Pinto da Costa becomes the first president of the newly independent Democratic Republic of SÁ¢o Tomé and PrÁ­ncipe, two islands in the Gulf of Guinea, straddling the Equator, west of Gabon.
  • Wednesday, July 12, 1972
    The seven-nation special committee of the Davis Cup Nations decides in Helsinki to readmit South Africa to the 1973 competition. Mr. Alf Chalmers, president of the South African Lawn Tennis Union, announced that South Africa would enter the South American Zone for 1973.
    References:
    • Chronological Review of Developments Concerning Sports and Apartheid. SAHO

  • Wednesday, July 12, 1972
    A new Black political party, the Black People's Convention, open only to Black people, is formed after a three-day conference in Pietermaritzburg.
    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

  • Friday, July 12, 1963
    Hungary announces the breaking-off of trade relations with South Africa.
    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

  • Wednesday, July 12, 1961
    Ketan (Ketso) Gordhan, City Manager of Greater Johannesburg, is born.
    References:
    • Hayes, S. (ed)(2000).  Who's Who of Southern Africa 2001 ..., Graighall: Jonathan Ball.

  • Friday, July 12, 1957
    Prince Karim leaves Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to become the Aga Kahn, the religious leader of 20 million Ismaili Moslems.  In later years he visited Pretoria.
  • Monday, July 12, 1954
    The president of the ANC, ex-chief Albert Luthuli, is served with two notices by the Minister of Justice, prohibiting him from attending public gatherings and confining him to the magisterial district of Lower Tugela, Natal. Date is given as 11 July by another source.
    References:
    • Joyce: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid

  • Monday, July 12, 1948
    India draws the United Nations' attention to the 1946 complaint against racism in South Africa. 

  • Monday, July 12, 1943
    Hermann Böhl (66), electro technical engineer and professor at the South African College, dies in Germany.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, July 12, 1935
    Christopher George de Villiers Burger, SA cricket player in two tests (1957/1958), is born in Randfontein, Transvaal.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, July 12, 1902
    Anglo-Boer War 2: Lord Kitchener receives a hero's welcome in London on his return.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, July 12, 1900
    Anglo-Boer War 2: A court martial at Fouriesburg confirms Boer ex-Commandant S.G. Viljoen's sentence of five years hard labour for treason.
    References:
    • Cloete: The Anglo-Boer War: a chronology

  • Wednesday, July 12, 1899
    Anglo-Boer War 2: Lord Brassey of Victoria, Australia, offers Britain volunteers for service in South Africa.
    References:
    • Cloete: The Anglo-Boer War: a chronology

  • Saturday, July 12, 1890
    Sir Henry Connor (73), Natal chief justice, dies.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, July 12, 1852
    Col. David Harris, nephew of Barney Barnato, partner of Cecil John Rhodes and Cape parliamentarian, is born in London.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau