In January, Senator Edward Kennedy of the United States visited South Africa to show his anti-apartheid support to the South African people. He was hosted by the recipient of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, Bishop Desmond Tutu. During his stay of eight days, Kennedy managed to pay a visit to Winnie Mandela , wife of the imprisoned African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela.

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.