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Police head admits to Khotso House bombing

Monday, 21 October 1996
Appearing before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission(TRC), General Johan van der Merwe former South African Police Services(SAPS) National Commissioner (1990-1995), admitted that he gave the order in 1988 for the SAP to blow up Khotso House on 31 August 1988. ..
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1867 9 October, Josiah Tshangane Gumede is born in Healdtown Village, Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape. 1882/1883 Gumede ...read more
1940 January, A meeting is held between the Nationalist Bloc, Transvaal Indian Congress (TIC) leadership and the ...read more
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By the 1900s African people had been dispossessed of their land and colonial rule was still in the process of being ...read more
1919 Peter Abrahams is born in Vrededorp, Johannesburg in March 1919 to an Ethiopian father and a Coloured mother. His ...read more
1990 23 July, Billy Nair was detained following police allegations of an MK plot, code-named Operation Vula, to seize ...read more
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The 1980s witnessed a convergence of forces in the trade union movement as they formed themselves under an umbrella ...read more
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This online gallery is based on the Amersfoort Legacy exhibition panels produced for the slave lodge in Cape Town. The ...read more
1961 FNLA and MPLA begin a guerrilla campaign to overthrow Portuguese colonial rule. 25 April 1974 Portuguese ...read more
2000 Speaks out against AIDS at the 13th International AIDS Conference Commended for his facilitation of Burundi/ ...read more

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