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Jan van Riebeeck is born

Sunday, 21 April 1619
Founder of and first commander of Cape Town,Johan Anthoniszoon van Riebeeck, was born in Culemborg in the Netherlands on 21 April 1619. ..
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South African History Online

Public Protest in Democratic South Africa

Since South Africa’s advent to democracy in 1994, public protests either service delivery protest, protest against undemocratic laws or land distribution has become integral part of the society, particularly from 2004 as generally recognized when the country’s democracy was 10 years old.

State policies and social protest, 1924-1939

One of the most important developments in South Africa in this period was the formation of the Pact Government in which the push for independence from Britain was becoming strong.

African nationalism and working-class & popular protests, 1910-1924

General Louis Botha headed the first government of the new Union of South Africa, with General Jan Smuts as his deputy. Their South African National Party, later known as the South African Party (SAP), followed a generally pro-British, White-unity line. 

Tutu and his role in the Truth & Reconciliation Commission

South Africa experienced numerous human rights challenges during the apartheid era. The White-dominated government committed serious atrocities against the Black majority. A number of brutal measures were adopted by the regime to deal with political activists and other "offenders."

Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was a court-like body assembled in South Africa after the end of Apartheid. Anybody who felt they had been a victim of violence could come forward and be heard at the TRC.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) 1995

After the end of apartheid, as well as the release of political prisoners in the early 90s and the country’s transition from repressive rule to democracy in 1994, South Africa witnessed the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1995 which formed a crucial component of the transition to full and free democratic country.

Early African civilisations: Ancient Egypt, Nubia and Swahili

The ancient Egyptian civilisation grew for thousands of years intact because the Nile River Valley and Mediterranean and Red Sea border kept foreigners and their ideas away.

Kingdoms of southern Africa: Great Zimbabwe

The Great Zimbabwe ruins date from the Iron Age and lie between the Limpopo and Zambezi Rivers in the Limpopo Province east of the Kalahari Desert. It is far bigger than similar sites in the area.


Azanian People’s Organization (AZAPO)

In aftermath of the June 16 Uprising, the government cracked down on student activists and organisations alike. On 19 October 1977 the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) and related organisations was banned.