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Friday, December 6, 2013

On 6 December 2013, Capetonians paid tribute to Nelson Mandela a day after he had passed away.  The crowd gathered together at the Grand Parade in front of the City Hall in Cape Town, the place where Nelson Mandela delivered his first public speech follow his release from imprisonment in 1990.

This article was produced by South African History Online on 30-Nov-2016

This Day in History Extra Dates
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2006
    Joseph Kabila is inaugurated as president of the DRC. Kabila is the country's first democratically elected president in over forty years. President Thabo Mbeki, who played a major role in the peaceful solution of the civil war, attends the ceremony.
    References:

  • Saturday, December 6, 2003
    Rebels of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army spend the first day of their first-ever visit to Sudan's capital since the civil war began twenty years ago, meeting opposition parties to explain their vision of the country's future. Until recently, Pagan Amum and his fellow senior members, if found in government-controlled territory, would have been arrested and charged with treason.
    References:

  • Monday, December 6, 2004
    The health department slams the SA National Blood Service for revealing that Mbeki's blood had been rejected because he declined to complete the questionnaire while donating blood at a publicity event. The SANBS replies the following day that a private apology to President Mbeki will be forthcoming from its chairperson, the Rev John Pender-Smith.
    References:

  • Monday, December 6, 1999
    Nine staff members of a training company and a pilot are killed when their plane crashes near the N17 freeway minutes after take-off from the Rand airport on their way to Namibia.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, December 6, 1998
    Zimbabwean Nick Price, defending champion of the Nedbank Million Dollar Golf Tournament at Sun City, wins again when he beats Tiger Woods of America at the fifth hole of a sudden death.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, December 6, 1999
    Swapo wins the third general election in Namibia and President Sam Nujoma is elected for his third term of office as president.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, December 6, 1998
    President Nelson Mandela arrives in the United Arabian Emirates as guest of honour at the annual conference of Arabian countries in the Gulf area.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, December 6, 1993
    Rouaz Lakhdar, Algerian supreme court justice, is murdered.
  • Monday, December 6, 1993
    Twelve people are killed in Kathlehong, East Rand, as a result of the bloody feud between ANC Youth League and SDU.
    References:
    • Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 267.

  • Friday, December 6, 1991
    Headman Tshabalala, SA singer and founder member of the group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, is shot and killed in a roadside argument near Durban.  Another source gives the date as 10 December.
  • Tuesday, December 6, 1988
    The Star reports that a Group Areas Bill, which sought to increase drastically the penalties for contravention of the Group Areas Act of 1966, is not passed after strong opposition to it in the Coloured and Indian chambers.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1989). Race Relations Survey 1988/89, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, pp. xxxiii & xlvii

  • Thursday, December 6, 1990
    Marches are staged by the ANC in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein in the framework of the organisation's "mass mobilisation campaign", and to protest at delays in the release of political prisoners.
  • Thursday, December 6, 1979
    The Prime Minister announces a reorganisation of the governmental administrative structure, under which the number of central executive institutions is to be reduced from thirty-nine to twenty-two, with responsibilities being distributed between eighteen ministries.
  • Tuesday, December 6, 1977
    Zambian president Kenneth David Kaunda refuses to take part in UK-US discussions on majority rule in Rhodesia.
  • Tuesday, December 6, 1966
    Britain calls for United Nations sanctions against rebellious Rhodesia, including ban on oil shipments.
    References:

  • Tuesday, December 6, 1977
    South Africa grants Bophuthatswana, consisting of six separate territories, independence.
    References:
    • Muller, C.F.J. (ed)(1981). Five Hundred years: a history of South Africa; 3rd rev. ed., Pretoria: Academica, p. 525.
    •  https://www.andibradley.com/

  • Friday, December 6, 1963
    Henry Allen Fagan, SA author, from whose poem President Mbeki quoted in his response on the occasion of the budget vote of the presidency, 2002, dies.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  https://www.anc.org.za/

  • Friday, December 6, 1963
    The Transkei Legislative Assembly meets for the first time in Umtata and elects Chief Kaiser Matanzima as Chief Minister.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 1961
    Heavy fighting erupts in Congo's Katanga Province between United Nations and Katangan forces.
    References:

  • Thursday, December 6, 1951
    The International Plant Protection Convention, to which SA is a party, is signed in Rome.
    References:
    • Burger, D. (ed)(2002). South Africa Yearbook 2001/02, Pretoria: GCIS, p. 222

  • Wednesday, December 6, 1944
    The Normaalkollege (teachers' training college) in Bloemfontein becomes the faculty of education of the University of the Orange Free State.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, December 6, 1942
    John H. Amschewitz, SA art painter and cartoonist, dies three days before his sixtieth birthday in Muizenberg, Cape.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, December 6, 1940
    Pietro Badoglio resigns as viceroy of Ethiopia.
  • Friday, December 6, 1940
    Charlie Hime, SA cricketer in one test in 1895, dies.
  • Tuesday, December 6, 1938
    Wilhelmina Louisa Ida (Minna) Freund, actress and teacher of elocution, dies in Bloemfontein.
    References:
    • Verwey, E.J. (ed)(1995). New Dictionary of South African Biography, v.1, Pretoria: HSRC.

  • Friday, December 6, 1935
    Dessye palace, Ethiopia, is destroyed by an Italian air raid.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 1933
    Jim Pothecary, SA cricketer and pace bowler on the 1960 England tour, is born.
  • Friday, December 6, 1929
    Lawrence Folley, SA opera baritone, is born.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, December 6, 1928
    Clarence Mlami Makwetu, former president of the Pan Africanist Congress, is born in Hoyita, in the Cofimvaba district, Transkei.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  https://www.sahistory.org.za/

  • Tuesday, December 6, 1927
    Gé Korsten, popular SA singer, is born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He came to SA at the age of nine years.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  https://www.expats.co.za/

  • Sunday, December 6, 1925
    Italy, Britain and Egypt sign the Jaghbub accord (Italy).
  • Friday, December 6, 1907
    Frontier between Uganda and East Africa is defined.
    References:

  • Wednesday, December 6, 1865
    The Battle of Platberg is fought during the Orange Free Sate-Basotho War.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, December 6, 1906
    Britain grants self-government to the Transvaal Colony in South Africa. Several sources state that the Orange River Colony was also granted self-government on this date, but the correct date seems to be 5 June 1907.
    References:
    • Kruger, D.W. (ed)(1979). Geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika; verwerk en bygewerk deur D.W. Kruger; 3de bygewerkte uitg., Goodwood, Cape Town: NASOU, p. 457.

  • Tuesday, December 6, 1853
    The Transvaal Volksraad appoints Pieter J. Marais as official gold seeker in the Transvaal, after his discoveries in California, USA.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, December 6, 1823
    Johannes Henricus Brand, fourth president of the Orange Free State, is born in Cape Town.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Swart, M.J., et al. (eds)(1980). Afrikaanse Kultuuralmanak Aucklandpark: Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge.

  • Tuesday, December 6, 1757
    Sir David Baird, British general in command of the force sent to occupy the Cape of Good Hope in 1806 and later acting governor at the Cape, is born in East Lothian, Scotland.
    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. 2, p. 10.

  • Saturday, December 6, 2003
    Rebels of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army spend the first day of their first-ever visit to Sudan's capital since the civil war began twenty years ago, meeting opposition parties to explain their vision of the country's future. Until recently, Pagan Amum and his fellow senior members, if found in government-controlled territory, would have been arrested and charged with treason.
    References:

  • Monday, December 6, 2004
    The health department slams the SA National Blood Service for revealing that Mbeki's blood had been rejected because he declined to complete the questionnaire while donating blood at a publicity event. The SANBS replies the following day that a private apology to President Mbeki will be forthcoming from its chairperson, the Rev John Pender-Smith.
    References:

  • Wednesday, December 6, 2006
    Joseph Kabila is inaugurated as president of the DRC. Kabila is the country's first democratically elected president in over forty years. President Thabo Mbeki, who played a major role in the peaceful solution of the civil war, attends the ceremony.
    References:

  • Monday, December 6, 1999
    Swapo wins the third general election in Namibia and President Sam Nujoma is elected for his third term of office as president.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, December 6, 1999
    Nine staff members of a training company and a pilot are killed when their plane crashes near the N17 freeway minutes after take-off from the Rand airport on their way to Namibia.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, December 6, 1998
    Zimbabwean Nick Price, defending champion of the Nedbank Million Dollar Golf Tournament at Sun City, wins again when he beats Tiger Woods of America at the fifth hole of a sudden death.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, December 6, 1993
    Rouaz Lakhdar, Algerian supreme court justice, is murdered.
  • Sunday, December 6, 1998
    President Nelson Mandela arrives in the United Arabian Emirates as guest of honour at the annual conference of Arabian countries in the Gulf area.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, December 6, 1993
    Twelve people are killed in Kathlehong, East Rand, as a result of the bloody feud between ANC Youth League and SDU.
    References:
    • Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 267.

  • Tuesday, December 6, 1988
    The Star reports that a Group Areas Bill, which sought to increase drastically the penalties for contravention of the Group Areas Act of 1966, is not passed after strong opposition to it in the Coloured and Indian chambers.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1989). Race Relations Survey 1988/89, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, pp. xxxiii & xlvii

  • Thursday, December 6, 1990
    Marches are staged by the ANC in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein in the framework of the organisation's "mass mobilisation campaign", and to protest at delays in the release of political prisoners.
  • Friday, December 6, 1991
    Headman Tshabalala, SA singer and founder member of the group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, is shot and killed in a roadside argument near Durban.  Another source gives the date as 10 December.
  • Tuesday, December 6, 1977
    Zambian president Kenneth David Kaunda refuses to take part in UK-US discussions on majority rule in Rhodesia.
  • Thursday, December 6, 1979
    The Prime Minister announces a reorganisation of the governmental administrative structure, under which the number of central executive institutions is to be reduced from thirty-nine to twenty-two, with responsibilities being distributed between eighteen ministries.
  • Tuesday, December 6, 1977
    South Africa grants Bophuthatswana, consisting of six separate territories, independence.
    References:
    • Muller, C.F.J. (ed)(1981). Five Hundred years: a history of South Africa; 3rd rev. ed., Pretoria: Academica, p. 525.
    •  https://www.andibradley.com/

  • Friday, December 6, 1963
    Henry Allen Fagan, SA author, from whose poem President Mbeki quoted in his response on the occasion of the budget vote of the presidency, 2002, dies.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  https://www.anc.org.za/

  • Tuesday, December 6, 1966
    Britain calls for United Nations sanctions against rebellious Rhodesia, including ban on oil shipments.
    References:

  • Friday, December 6, 1963
    The Transkei Legislative Assembly meets for the first time in Umtata and elects Chief Kaiser Matanzima as Chief Minister.
  • Thursday, December 6, 1951
    The International Plant Protection Convention, to which SA is a party, is signed in Rome.
    References:
    • Burger, D. (ed)(2002). South Africa Yearbook 2001/02, Pretoria: GCIS, p. 222

  • Wednesday, December 6, 1961
    Heavy fighting erupts in Congo's Katanga Province between United Nations and Katangan forces.
    References:

  • Wednesday, December 6, 1944
    The Normaalkollege (teachers' training college) in Bloemfontein becomes the faculty of education of the University of the Orange Free State.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, December 6, 1942
    John H. Amschewitz, SA art painter and cartoonist, dies three days before his sixtieth birthday in Muizenberg, Cape.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, December 6, 1940
    Pietro Badoglio resigns as viceroy of Ethiopia.
  • Friday, December 6, 1940
    Charlie Hime, SA cricketer in one test in 1895, dies.
  • Tuesday, December 6, 1938
    Wilhelmina Louisa Ida (Minna) Freund, actress and teacher of elocution, dies in Bloemfontein.
    References:
    • Verwey, E.J. (ed)(1995). New Dictionary of South African Biography, v.1, Pretoria: HSRC.

  • Friday, December 6, 1935
    Dessye palace, Ethiopia, is destroyed by an Italian air raid.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 1933
    Jim Pothecary, SA cricketer and pace bowler on the 1960 England tour, is born.
  • Thursday, December 6, 1928
    Clarence Mlami Makwetu, former president of the Pan Africanist Congress, is born in Hoyita, in the Cofimvaba district, Transkei.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  https://www.sahistory.org.za/

  • Friday, December 6, 1929
    Lawrence Folley, SA opera baritone, is born.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, December 6, 1927
    Gé Korsten, popular SA singer, is born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He came to SA at the age of nine years.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  https://www.expats.co.za/

  • Sunday, December 6, 1925
    Italy, Britain and Egypt sign the Jaghbub accord (Italy).
  • Friday, December 6, 1907
    Frontier between Uganda and East Africa is defined.
    References:

  • Wednesday, December 6, 1865
    The Battle of Platberg is fought during the Orange Free Sate-Basotho War.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, December 6, 1906
    Britain grants self-government to the Transvaal Colony in South Africa. Several sources state that the Orange River Colony was also granted self-government on this date, but the correct date seems to be 5 June 1907.
    References:
    • Kruger, D.W. (ed)(1979). Geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika; verwerk en bygewerk deur D.W. Kruger; 3de bygewerkte uitg., Goodwood, Cape Town: NASOU, p. 457.

  • Tuesday, December 6, 1853
    The Transvaal Volksraad appoints Pieter J. Marais as official gold seeker in the Transvaal, after his discoveries in California, USA.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, December 6, 1823
    Johannes Henricus Brand, fourth president of the Orange Free State, is born in Cape Town.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Swart, M.J., et al. (eds)(1980). Afrikaanse Kultuuralmanak Aucklandpark: Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge.

  • Tuesday, December 6, 1757
    Sir David Baird, British general in command of the force sent to occupy the Cape of Good Hope in 1806 and later acting governor at the Cape, is born in East Lothian, Scotland.
    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. 2, p. 10.