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Tuesday, November 15, 1988

On 15 November 1988, 21 year-old Barend Strydom went on a killing spree with his pistol and attempted to shoot every Black person he encountered. He killed 8 people and seriously wounded 16 before he was confronted and stopped by Simon Mukondoleli, a taxi driver working in the legislative capital.

This article was produced for South African History Online on 11-Apr-2017

This Day in History Extra Dates
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2006
    Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila wins a presidential election with 58.05% of the votes, according to provisional results, but the Union for the Nation coalition of his rival Jean-Pierre Bemba rejects the result.
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  • Monday, November 15, 2004
    Dr Jurgens van Olselen, a clinical psychologist testifying in the Pretoria High Court, describes Pretoria's high security C-Max Prison as "inhumane, depressing, debilitating and destructive" and says that rehabilitation was out of the question in this prison.
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  • Saturday, November 15, 2003
    Rwanda militia leader Paul Rwarakabije gives himself up.
    References:
    • BBC, (2004). 'Key Dates', Focus on Africa, January to March, v. 15 no 1, p. 9

  • Monday, November 15, 2004
    In a move set to keep SA and Africa on the European Union's (EU's) radar screen, President Thabo Mbeki leads a top delegation on a three-day visit to the EU in Belgium and the Netherlands, the first such visit by a South African president since 1994.
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  • Wednesday, November 15, 2000
    The Recognition of Customary Marriages Act, 1998, protecting women and children in traditional marriages and specifying that a wife in a traditional marriage can register assets in her own name, comes into operation.
    References:
    • Burger, D. (ed)(2002). South Africa Yearbook 2001/02, Pretoria: GCIS, p. 373

  • Saturday, November 15, 1997
    Corrie Sanders, SA heavyweight, wins the World Boxing Union title.
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  • Monday, November 15, 1999
    Pieter Kenyon (P.K.) van der Bijl (76), former cabinet member of Zimbabwe, dies in Napier, Western Cape.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, November 15, 1997
    The SA rugby team beats France 36-32 in the first test in Lyon, France.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, November 15, 1996
    Cassius Baloyi, SA junior featherweight, wins the World Boxing Union (WBU) world champion title.
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  • Saturday, November 15, 1997
    The Bafana Bafana, SA soccer team, loses 0-3 against Germany in an away game.
    References:
    • ---- (2004). Footballer of the decade: Bafana Bafana record. Kick Off. Special ed. 1994-2004, p. 10.

  • Wednesday, November 15, 1995
    European Union ambassadors approve a total arms embargo to punish Nigeria's military regime for the execution of nine political activists.
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  • Sunday, November 15, 1992
    In line with the Record of Understanding reached between the SAG and ANC, forty-two political prisoners are released. The National Council of Indemnity says that more information is needed on the circumstances of twenty-two other prisoners before recommending whether they are qualified for release.
  • Tuesday, November 15, 1994
    The Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) White Paper, put before parliament, calls for an expeditious programme to ensure that the civil service is more representative in terms of ethnic group and gender. It also proposes the use of affirmative action to reverse imbalances that exist.
    References:
    • Keesing's Record of World Events, News Digest for November 1994, p. 40264

  • Friday, November 15, 1991
    SA signs co-operation agreement regarding the promotion of investments and amends bilateral air services agreement with the Republic of China.
    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, November 15, 1988
    The Zimbabwean Supreme Court mitigates the sentence of Odile Harrington, found guilty of spying for SA, to twelve years.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, November 15, 1988
    The Palestine National Council, the legislative body of the PLO, proclaims the establishment of an independent Palestinian state at the close of a four-day conference in Algiers.
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  • Tuesday, November 15, 1988
    Judgement starts in the Delmas trial. Mr Justice K. van Dijkhorst states that the state has proved that a dominant part of the UDF leadership has acted as an internal wing of the banned ANC.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1989). Race Relations Survey 1988/89, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, p. 571

  • Tuesday, November 15, 1988
    Barend Hendrik Strydom, a former right-wing member, massacres seven Blacks and an Indian and wounds sixteen in Pretoria city centre. He is arrested by quick-witted taxi driver Simon Mukondoleli, who distracts Strydom while he is reloading his firearm in a shop.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  (2004). Yesterdays, Pretoria News, 15 November
    •  http://www.africacrime-mystery.co.za/

  • Tuesday, November 15, 1988
    Grintek of SA, Saab of Sweden and British aerospace sign a historic contract for supplying military equipment worth about R60 million.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, November 15, 1987
    The front line states ask for international assistance to ward off a SA attack on Angola.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, November 15, 1987
    Petrus Mnisi, UWCC and Vaal Youth Congress member, is stabbed to death in Sebokeng.
    References:
    • Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee.

  • Tuesday, November 15, 1983
    The United Nations General Assembly adopts a resolution declaring that the constitutional proposals are contrary to the principles of the UN Charter and further entrench apartheid, and that the results of the referendum on 2 November 1983, endorsed by an exclusively White electorate, are of no validity whatsoever.
    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, November 15, 1983
    Fanie Botha, a senior Member of the Cabinet, announces his resignation as Minister of Manpower, following allegations that he has refused to hand over diamond leases promised in a secret deal with Brigadier Johann Blaauw.
    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, November 15, 1979
    The trial of twelve members of the banned ANC in Pietermaritzburg ends with the death sentence for one defendant and a total of 173 years' imprisonment for the others.
    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, November 15, 1979
    Mt. Sinai and the surrounding territory is restored to Egyptian control by Israel.
  • Wednesday, November 15, 1978
    State President John Vorster, former Prime Minister, appears before the Erasmus Commission in connection with the Information scandal.
    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, November 15, 1962
    Ugandan Prime Minister Milton Obote announces a boycott of South African goods.
    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, November 15, 1977
    Israel sends formal invitation to Egypt's President Anwar Sadat to visit Jerusalem and address the Israeli parliament.
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  • Thursday, November 15, 1962
    Thirty-eight African and Asian delegations table a draft resolution in the Trusteeship Committee asking for an effective United Nations 'presence' in South West Africa, and asking the General Assembly to reaffirm 'the inalienable right of the people of South Africa to independence and national 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, November 15, 1952
    SA boxer Vic Toweel loses his world bantamweight title when he is knocked out by Australian Jimmy Carruthers in the first round of their fight in Johannesburg.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, November 15, 1942
    World War II: North Africa: Allied victory declared at El Alamein.
  • Monday, November 15, 1926
    SA author Herman Charles Bosman is found guilty of murdering his stepbrother and sentenced to death.   The sentence was later mitigated and he was released after spending 4½ years in gaol.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, November 15, 1931
    Lucas Sithole, SA sculptor, is born in KwaThema, Springs, Transvaal.
    References:
    • Rankin: Images of Wood, p. 165

  • Tuesday, November 15, 1938
    Ronald (Ronnie) Kasrils, Minister of Intelligence of the Republic of South Africa since 29 April 2004 and former member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC) and of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party (SACP) since December 1986, is born in   Johannesburg.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  www.anc.org.za/people/
    •  http://www.gcis.gov.za/

  • Sunday, November 15, 1925
    Adriaan Johannes Begemann, clergyman, librarian and first permanent minister of the Nederduitsche Hervormde Kerk in Pretoria, dies in Pretoria.
    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. 5, p. 265.

  • Monday, November 15, 1920
    The General Assembly of the League of Nations meets in Geneva for the first time. The headquarters of the League of Nations has been moved from London to Geneva.
  • Saturday, November 15, 1919
    Babu Bodasing, also known as Dulel Sing Boodasing, prominent sugar cane farmer on the Natal north coast who arrived in Port Natal on 1 September 1874 as an indentured immigrant, dies in Durban. He was probably the wealthiest Indian in Durban and was born c. 1853 in Gosheekigurgh, Agra district of Northern India. 
    References:
    • Verwey, E.J. (ed)(1995). New Dictionary of South African Biography, v.1, Pretoria: HSRC.

  • Saturday, November 15, 1873
    Anna E. Bliss and Abbie P. Ferguson arrive in Cape Town by boat from New York to start the Huguenot College in Paarl, CC.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, November 15, 1899
    Anglo-Boer War 2: Winston Churchill, war correspondent of The Morning Post, is captured near Chieveley, Natal, when the Boers ambush an armoured train. 
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Cloete, P.G. (2000). The Anglo-Boer War: a chronology, Pretoria: Lapa.

  • Monday, November 15, 1802
    Frederick Timpson l'Ons, SA painter, is born in Islington, England.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, November 15, 1848
    The first residential sites in Bloemfontein are sold for £900.  
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, November 15, 1783
    Augusta de Mist, daughter of Commissioner Abraham de Mist who, with a friend Mietje Versfeld, accompanied her father on a journey of exploration of 147 days, is born in the Netherlands. She recorded the journey in her diary.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau