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Thursday, April 24, 2003

On this day, the anti-Apartheid struggle stalwart was found guilty of a string of fraud and theft offences. She was sentenced to five years in jail with one year suspended.[1]

End Notes

[1] Winnie Mandela jailed, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/apr/25/southafrica (8 April 2017).

This article was produced by South African History Online on 02-May-2017

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  • Monday, April 24, 2006
    Six people die after they were thrown from a passenger train in Benoni, apparently by striking security guards. "There is a possibility of the killings being related to the ongoing security guard strike," Superintendent Eugene Opperman said.
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  • Monday, April 24, 2006
    Six people die after they were thrown from a passenger train in Benoni, apparently by striking security guards. "There is a possibility of the killings being related to the ongoing security guard strike," Superintendent Eugene Opperman said.
    References:

  • Sunday, April 24, 2005
    Sensei Chris Seabelo of Tlhabane, Rustenburg, the first Black shotokan Karateka and the first South African to obtain his 5th Dan diploma in Japan returns home to a hero's welcome.
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2001
    Former Deputy President of SA, Jacob Zuma, launches the Construction Industry Development Board
    References:
    • CIDB). (Burger, D. (ed)(2002). South Africa Yearbook 2001/02, Pretoria: GCIS, p. 162.

  • Tuesday, April 24, 2001
    Former Deputy President of SA, Jacob Zuma, launches the Construction Industry Development Board
    References:
    • CIDB). (Burger, D. (ed)(2002). South Africa Yearbook 2001/02, Pretoria: GCIS, p. 162.

  • Saturday, April 24, 1999
    Dr James Walton, retired Managing Director of the publishing house of Longman, Southern Africa, dies in Cape Town. He was well known for his pioneering studies of the vernacular architecture of many countries in Africa, Europe and the Far East.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, April 24, 1998
    Cassius Baloyi, SA featherweight, wins the World Boxing Union (WBU) title.
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  • Friday, April 24, 1998
    Cassius Baloyi, SA featherweight, wins the World Boxing Union (WBU) title.
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  • Wednesday, April 24, 1996
    Bafana Bafana, the SA soccer team, loses 2-3 against Brazil in a home game.
    References:
    • (2004). Footballer of the decade: Bafana Bafana record. Kick Off. Special ed. 1994-2004, p. 10.

  • Wednesday, April 24, 1996
    The Constitution Bill is given its first reading and is referred back to the Constitutional Committee for amendments to be considered.
    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.

  • Wednesday, April 24, 1996
    The Constitution Bill is given its first reading and is referred back to the Constitutional Committee for amendments to be considered.
    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.

  • Sunday, April 24, 1994
    Seven people die and fourteen are injured when a car bomb, planted by the AWB (Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging), explodes in Breë Street, Johannesburg.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, April 24, 1994
    Bafana Bafana, the SA soccer team, wins 1-0 against Zimbabwe in a home game.
    References:
    • (2004). Footballer of the decade: Bafana Bafana record. Kick Off. Special ed. 1994-2004, p. 10.

  • Sunday, April 24, 1994
    Bafana Bafana, the SA soccer team, wins 1-0 against Zimbabwe in a home game.
    References:
    • (2004). Footballer of the decade: Bafana Bafana record. Kick Off. Special ed. 1994-2004, p. 10.

  • Friday, April 24, 1992
    Hermien van Vuuren, first wife of Fanie van Vuuren, CP-MP for Carletonville in the previous government, is shot outside her home.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, April 24, 1992
    Hermien van Vuuren, first wife of Fanie van Vuuren, CP-MP for Carletonville in the previous government, is shot outside her home.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, April 24, 1991
    Derrick and Mavis Majola, ANC members, are shot dead in Mooi River, Natal, by four armed men bursting into their home.
    References:
    • Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 253.

  • Wednesday, April 24, 1991
    Derrick and Mavis Majola, ANC members, are shot dead in Mooi River, Natal, by four armed men bursting into their home.
    References:
    • Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 253.

  • Monday, April 24, 1989
    Mr Justice P.J. van der Walt acquits Moses Mayekiso and his four co-accused of all charges. They were arrested on 28 June 1986 and accused of treason and running 'people's courts.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1989). Race Relations Survey 1988/89, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, p. 467

  • Friday, April 24, 1987
    Barclays Bank (SA) announces its new name First National Bank.
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  • Friday, April 24, 1987
    Barclays Bank (SA) announces its new name First National Bank.
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  • Wednesday, April 24, 1985
    Foreign Minister 'Pik' Botha announces in Parliament that South Africa and Mozambique are to establish joint operational centres on their borders to fully implement the Nkomati Accord.
    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, April 24, 1984
    Carnegie Report on Poverty in South Africa reveals the doubling of Blacks living below the poverty line (1960-1980).
    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, April 24, 1984
    Carnegie Report on Poverty in South Africa reveals the doubling of Blacks living below the poverty line (1960-1980).
    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, April 24, 1979
    Abel Tendekayi Muzorewa's United African National Council has won fifty-one of the seventy-two seats available to Black candidates (twenty-eight are reserved for White MP's) in the national election. He will be inaugurated as prime minister of the new Republic of Zimbabwe on 1 June.
  • Saturday, April 24, 1976
    Benjamin John Peter Tyamzashe, Xhosa composer and musician, receives an honorary M.A. Degree from the University of Fort Hare in recognition of the major contribution he made to Xhosa music.
    References:
    • Verwey, E.J. (ed)(1995). New Dictionary of South African Biography, v.1, Pretoria: HSRC.

  • Saturday, April 24, 1976
    Benjamin John Peter Tyamzashe, Xhosa composer and musician, receives an honorary M.A. Degree from the University of Fort Hare in recognition of the major contribution he made to Xhosa music.
    References:
    • Verwey, E.J. (ed)(1995). New Dictionary of South African Biography, v.1, Pretoria: HSRC.

  • Thursday, April 24, 1975
    Under an amendment to the Defence Act the definition of superior officer is changed with the effect that White and Black members of the Defence Force will have equal status.
    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.

  • Friday, April 24, 1970
    Gambia, who achieved independence on 18 Feb. 1965, becomes a republic within the Commonwealth.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
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  • Friday, April 24, 1970
    It is confirmed in London that thirteen African countries have threatened to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, if the South African cricket tour of Britain goes on.
    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, April 24, 1965
    The Minister of Bantu Administration and Development formally opens the Transkei Assembly Session.
    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.

  • Friday, April 24, 1964
    The Prime Minister of SA maintains that the country is economically so strong that it can withstand economic sanctions. The only vulnerable spot is the oil supply.
    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.

  • Sunday, April 24, 1960
    Mohammed Bhabha, attorney and member of the National Council of Provinces for Mpumalanga, is born in Roodepoort, West Rand.
    References:
    • Hayes, S. (ed)(2000).  Who's Who of Southern Africa 2001, Graighall: Jonathan Ball.

  • Sunday, April 24, 1955
    A SA cricket team arrives in England for a test series.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, April 24, 1954
    Security forces round up more than 10,000 men in the biggest anti-Mau Mau operation since the state of emergency was declared in Kenya eighteen months ago.
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  • Monday, April 24, 1905
    Gabriel François de Vos Hugo, judge president of the Northern Cape region and champion for the use of Afrikaans in Natal schools, is born in Ceres, CC.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, April 24, 1901
    For the next month, until May 25, a comet known only as "The Great Comet of 1901' is visible over most of SA.
    References:
    • Cloete, P.G. (2000). The Anglo-Boer War: a chronology, Pretoria: Lapa.

  • Tuesday, April 24, 1900
    Anglo-Boer War 2: A dynamite factory, which forms part of the Begbie Engineering Workshop, Johannesburg, is destroyed in an explosion. The destruction is blamed on British sabotage.
  • Wednesday, April 24, 1889
    Pieter Johannes Hendrik Coetzee, cultural reformer after the Rebellion in 1914 and World War I, is born in Burgersdorp, CC.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, April 24, 1821
    The corner stone of the Dutch Reformed Mission Church in Graaff-Reinet, the 6th oldest church building in SA, is laid.   It is now the Hester Rupert Art Museum.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000).Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, April 24, 1652
    The women and children who arrived with Jan van Riebeeck on board the three ships the Reijger, the Goede Hoop and the Drommedaris in Table Bay, are moved from the ships to wooden huts on shore.
    References:
    • Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 3, p. 25