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Zambian golfer Madalitso Muthiya began playing golf at the age of six. After he broke a bedroom window while playing with his father’s clubs, his father decided to buy him his own. When Muthiya was fifteen, he caught the attention of Zambian president Frederick Chiluba. Chiluba arranged for the young golfer to play a junior tournament in the US.

In 2005 Muthiya turned professional and a year later he made history when he became the first black African to qualify to play in the U.S. Open.

This article was produced for South African History Online on 07-Jun-2013

This Day in History Extra Dates
  • Wednesday, June 14, 2006
    Madalitso Muthiya is the first Zambian to play in the prestigious US Open Golf tournament.
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  • Tuesday, June 14, 2005
    Pretoria regional court magistrate Len Kotze finds the Waterkloof Four guilty of murder and announces another guilty verdict on an assault count. The four Becker, Frikkie du Preez, Gert van Schalkwyk and Reinach Tiedt (the last three all eighteen years of age) sat stony-faced while listening to the verdict. The accused were sixteen at the time and still at school when they severely assaulted a Black man. The case is postponed to November 18 for a High Court date. The four could face life imprisonment and the regional court does not have the jurisdiction to sentence them.
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  • Tuesday, June 14, 2005
    President Thabo Mbeki sacks Deputy President Jacob Zuma. Mbeki makes the announcement during a special joint sitting of the two houses of parliament, almost two weeks after Zuma was implicated in corruption during the Durban High Court trial of his former financial advisor, Schabir Shaik.
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  • Monday, June 14, 1999
    South African parliament elects Thabo Mbeki to succeed President Nelson Mandela.
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  • Friday, June 14, 1996
    Finance Minister Trevor Manuel unveils the government's macro-economic strategy in a framework document entitled Growth, Employment and Redistribution (GEAR).
    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, June 14, 1995
    SA signs a declaration of intent on cooperation with the Russian Federation in the field of arts and culture.
    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, June 14, 1994
    Special Committee against Apartheid adopts its final report to the General Assembly and the Security Council.
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  • Tuesday, June 14, 1994
    At a meeting between President Nelson Mandela and Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation Yasser Arafat, the two leaders agree to the opening of a Palestinian embassy in South Africa with Arafat's advisor on African affairs, Salman al-Hirfi, as ambassador.
    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, June 14, 1992
    Children playing on a local beach find the bodies of Ewert Mzimela and Stanley Mabaso, ANC activists.
    References:
    • Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 255.

  • Saturday, June 14, 1986
    Three people die and sixty-nine are injured in a bomb explosion in Magoo's Bar on the Durban beach.   ANC member Robert McBride later received amnesty for the attack. 
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, June 14, 1985
    Thamsanqwa (Thami) ka Mnyele, SA artist who went into exile in Botswana in 1979 and became an active member of Umkhonto we Sezwe (MK), is killed in Gaborone.
    References:
    • Sack, S. (1988). The Neglected Tradition, Johannesburg: Johannesburg Art Gallery, p. 116

  • Friday, June 14, 1985
    The SA defence force attacks alleged ANC homes and offices in Gaborone, Botswana, in Operation Plecksy. Twelve or thirteen people are killed.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 133

  • Monday, June 14, 1982
    The Minister of Cooperation and Development, Dr. Piet Koornhof, announces in the KwaZulu Legislative Assembly in Ulundi, that the KaNgwane national state and the Ingwavuma district in the north of KwaZulu are to be incorporated into the Kingdom of Swaziland. This Cabinet decision is strongly opposed. Outrage is expressed not only by the governments of KwaZulu, KaNgwane and 'homeland' leaders but also by all four opposition parties.
    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, June 14, 1982
    Albertina Sisulu, wife of ANC leader, Walter Sisulu is placed under a banning order for the fifth time since 1963.
    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, June 14, 1980
    The Springbok team under Morné du Plessis beats the British Lions 26-19 in Bloemfontein, to lead 2-0 in the series.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, June 14, 1979
    In the face of widespread protest the Prime Minister announces that provisions in the Advocate General Bill preventing the press from publishing details of the misuse of government funds, without the permission of a government official, have been dropped for the present.
    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, June 14, 1979
    Botswana authorities announce the arrests in Gaborone of nine Black dissidents in connection with the assassination of Mr. Sibeko.
    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, June 14, 1979
    An amendment to the Inquest Act prevents any reporting on a suspicious death before an inquest.
    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, June 14, 1977
    The 'Afrikaanse Taalmonument'  (Monument of the Afrikaans language) near Paarl, is handed to the state.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, June 14, 1972
    Security Intelligence and State Security Council Act No 64 commences.
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  • Monday, June 14, 1971
    The World Council of Churches cancels a special consultation in South Africa because of unacceptable conditions imposed on it by Prime Minister Vorster.
    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, June 14, 1970
    Prime Minister Vorster and Dr. Hilgard Muller arrive in Geneva. A meeting is held with twelve South African ambassadors to European countries, and with the head of the South African mission to the United Nations in Geneva (14-17 June).
    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, June 14, 1967
    SA signs treaty with Great Britain on the double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income.
    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, June 14, 1961
    SA signs agreement with Great Britain in regard to guaranteed preferences on the British market.
    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, June 14, 1929
    General J.M.B. Hertzog's National Party wins the South African general election with an outright majority: race plays a critical role for the first time. (Hertzog accused Smuts' party of supporting racial equality, and represented a Nationalist vote as a vote for a "white South Africa".)
  • Saturday, June 14, 1913
    The Immigration Act is passed. Though the Act does not specifically refer to Indians, it makes their further immigration impossible.
    References:
    • ----(2007). 'Yesterdays', Pretoria News, 14 June

  • Friday, June 14, 1912
    The headquarters of the defence force of the Union of South Africa is founded in Pretoria.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, June 14, 1898
    Lord Salisbury negotiates an Anglo-French agreement on West Africa and ends the Niger crisis. It defines the border between Nigeria and the Gold Coast.
    References:
    • Pakenham, T. (1991). The Scramble for Africa, Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball
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  • Tuesday, June 14, 1898
    The reckless way in which horse carts races through the streets of Pretoria, causes concern.
    References:
    • ---, (2005). 'Pretoria 1855-2005: Chronologie 1798-1935', Bylaag tot Rekord.

  • Monday, June 14, 1897
    Barney Barnato (44) dies when he jumps overboard the Scot near Madeira.   He was on his way from Cape Town to Southampton and was accompanied by his family.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, June 14, 1890
    The Rev. H.J.L. du Toit lays the corner stone of the new Dutch Reformed church in Lichtenburg.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, June 14, 1868
    William Duncan Baxter, South African businessperson, politician and financier was born in Dundee, Scotland on 14 June 1868.  He was widely respected for his financial sense and honesty. The Baxter Theatre, a performing arts complex was named in honour of him, because of the amount of money he had contributed to the University of Cape Town for the construction of a theatre cent
    References:
    • Baxter Theatre, 'History', [online], Available at www.baxter.co.za [Accessed: 28 May 2014]
    • Potgieter, D.J. et al. (Eds) (1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 2, p. 215

  • Saturday, June 14, 1851
    Mangena Maaka Mokone, founder of the 'Ethiopian Church' in 1892 and political leader who strongly opposed racial segregation, is born in Bokgaga, Sekhukhuneland. He died in 1936.
    References:
    • Sonderling, N.E. (ed.) (1999). New Dictionary of South African Biography, v.2, Pretoria: Vista.

  • Saturday, June 14, 1851
    Frederich Struben, one of the discoverers of the Witwatersrand gold reef, is born.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, June 14, 1832
    Sir Jacob Dirk Barry, judge president of the Eastern division since 1880, is born in Swellendam, Cape Colony.
    References:
    • Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 2, p. 186

  • Monday, June 14, 1694
    The Council of Policy resolves to settle Sheik Yusuf, brother of the sultan of Macassar, who was banished to the Cape and came with his family and retinue, at the mouth of the Eerste River on False Bay.   The name Macassar Beach refers to him.  Some prominent Malays at the Cape trace their ancestry to some of his followers, who were also of noble descent.
    References:
    • Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 11, p. 567

  • Thursday, June 14, 2012
    World Blood Donor Day.