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The Secretary-General of the Supreme African Sports Council, Jean-Claude Ganga, said he would admit white South Africans to the African Games provided that competitions in South Africa are held without racial discrimination. Eight years later (1976), Tanzania refused to go when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ignored demands for New Zealand to be expelled because their rugby team was touring the banned South Africa. On the eve of the opening ceremony, Ganga called a boycott of 21 other African countries, joined by Iraq and Guyana

This article was produced for South African History Online on 04-Oct-2012

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  • Thursday, October 12, 2006
    The African National Congress Women's League (ANCL) states crime has gone far enough, and the government has to pull up its socks to improve its efforts to curb it. "The Women's League and women in general are upset about the increase in crime in our country," says spokesperson Charlotte Lobe. "Many women and children are victims of crime and we, as mothers of the nation, are now sick and tired of all the cruel murders." With this statement they join the general public outrage about the high incidence of crime.
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  • Wednesday, October 12, 2005
    Ten-year-old Liam Aspeling, snatched from a car on his way to school the previous day, is found unharmed but guarded by an armed man by private investigator, André Burger, who acted on information received from the community.
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  • Tuesday, October 12, 2004
    International Weed Busting Day. The start of National Weed Busting Week.
    References:
    • GIEP: Celebrating 10 Years of Freedom

  • Thursday, October 12, 1995
    An emergency session was convened by parliament on October 12, 1995, to approve legislation to permit local elections to be held on November 1. (Keesing's Record of World Events, News Digest for October 1995, P 40760.)

  • Wednesday, October 12, 1994
    Exchange of notes establishing diplomatic relations with Guinea-Bissau.
    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.

  • Monday, October 12, 1992
    The Special Committee against Apartheid holds a solemn meeting in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with South African Political Prisoners. The meeting is followed by a round table discussion on "The Role of Law Enforcement and Law Enforcement Officials During the Transition Period and After".

  • Saturday, October 12, 1991
    African National Congress (ANC) Deputy President Nelson Mandela states that his party was prepared to abandon its long-held policy of nationalisation if the business community could provide an alternative, which would redress the economic imbalances in the country. He further states that nationalisation did not mean that the private sector will be excluded from certain areas of business and that the ANC welcomes dialogue with the business sector to ensure growth and equal distribution.  Two days later the ANC released a report, which recognised the important role of foreign investment and reassured foreign corporations that they would be free to take their profits out of the country under an ANC government.
    References:
    • Keesing's Record of World Events, News Digest for October 1995, p. 3851.

  • Friday, October 12, 1990
    Political assassination: Jeff Wabena, ANC, unionist, is shot dead at the ANC branch meeting in Mdantsane, Ciskei.
    References:
    • Coleman, M. (ed) (1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee.

  • Wednesday, October 12, 1988
    Khanya House, the headquarters of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference, is set alight.
    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.

  • Monday, October 12, 1987
    Wynand Malan a former National Party M.P. leads the newly formed Afrikaans dominated political party, the National Democratic Movement (NDM) which is to develop contacts with Black politicians.
    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, October 12, 1979
    Angola, Zaire and Zambia sign a non-aggression pact.
    References:
    • Bute, E.L. & Harmer, H.J.P. (1997). The Black Handbook, London: Cassell.

  • Wednesday, October 12, 1977
    Johan Fourie, SA actor and leader of a theatrical company, dies.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau.

  • Wednesday, October 12, 1977
    SA signs multilateral agreement on the additional act of 1972, amending the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants.
    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, October 12, 1974
    Fourteen people, including leading members of the South African Students Organisation (SASO) and the Black People's Convention (BPC) are arrested and held under the Terrorism Act, following the pro-FRELIMO rally in Durban on 25 September 1974. Their arrest is the signal for widespread unrest at the University of the North, Turfloop.
    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, October 12, 1973
    The Minister of Labour says that the government will neither abolish job reservation nor recognise Black trade unions.
    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, October 12, 1971
    SA signs amendments to the multilateral treaty on the safety of life at sea.
    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, October 12, 1971
    The Security Council unanimously adopts an amended resolution, sponsored by four African states, which declares that army violation of the border of a member-state is contrary to the UN Charter. It calls on South Africa to respect Zambia's sovereignty.
    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, October 12, 1968
    The Secretary-General of the Supreme African Sports Council, J.-G. Ganga, says he will admit White South Africans to the African Games provided that competitions in South Africa are held without racial discrimination.
    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.

  • Sunday, October 12, 1958
    Thabang Charlotte Mampane, chief executive officer of SABC Radio, is born in Kimberley.
    References:
    • Hayes, S. (ed) (2000).  Who's Who of Southern Africa 2001..., Graighall: Jonathan Ball

  • Friday, October 12, 1951
    Sally Knight Little, SA golf player who won the individual title in the world golf championship in Spain in 1970, is born in Cape Town.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau.

  • Tuesday, October 12, 1948
    Asiatic Laws Amendment Act No 47 commences.

  • Monday, October 12, 1953
    Zoli Nhlanhla Rigney Kunene, commercial director of Kunene Bros Holdings and chair of other Kunene companies, is born in Boksburg.
    References:
    • Hayes, S. (ed) (2000).  Who's Who of Southern Africa 2001..., Graighall: Jonathan Ball.

  • Wednesday, October 12, 1921
    Jaroslav Drobny, Czech tennis star who coached SA tennis players, is born.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau.

  • Monday, October 12, 1914
    The SA government proclaims Martial Law as result of the rebellion on the German South-West border.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau.
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  • Monday, October 12, 1908
    The National Convention, chaired by Lord Henry de Villiers, Justice in Chief of the Cape, meets for the first time in Durban to discuss the unification of the four SA colonies.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau.
    •  http://www.news24.com

  • Friday, October 12, 1906
    Prof. D.F. Malherbe delivers a historical lecture in Wellington, dealing with the question whether Afrikaans is a dialect or a new language.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau.

  • Thursday, October 12, 1899
    Anglo-Boer War 2: The first shots of the war are fired at Kraaipan, about 50 kilometres south of Mafeking, where Gen. De la Rey attacks the armoured train, Mosquito. Lieutenant Nesbit and thirty-four soldiers surrender the next morning.
    References:
    • Cloete, P.G. (2000). The Anglo-Boer War: a chronology, Pretoria: Lapa.
    •  http://www.news24.com

  • Wednesday, October 12, 1898
    German South West Africa's first newspaper, the Windhuker Anzeiger, appears.
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  • Wednesday, October 12, 1898
    The Bloemfontein Teachers' Training College is established as the Normaalskool, with P.J. du Pré le Roux as first principal.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau.

  • Friday, October 12, 1894
    The newspaper, Bulawayo Chronicle, is published for the first time in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe).
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau.

  • Friday, October 12, 1860
    Henry George Wakelyn (Sir Harry) Smith, governor of the Cape, dies in London.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds) (1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 10, p. 9.

  • Wednesday, October 12, 1842
    Dr Emil Cohen, geologist and discoverer of the first gold deposits at Lydenburg, northern Transvaal, is born in Denmark.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau.

  • Thursday, October 12, 1679
    Commander Simon van der Stel, accompanied by his six children and his wife's sister, is welcomed at the Cape by Hendrik Crudop, the acting commander. (Muller: 500 Years: a history of South Africa, p. 40; Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau.)

  • Friday, October 12, 1668
    Zacharias Wagenaer (54), commander of the Cape, dies in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau.

  • Friday, October 12, 2012
    Equatorial Guinea Independence Day.
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