1976 in South Africa

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Years in South Africa


  • 13 – The Cillié Commission of Inquiry into the 16 June riots in Soweto begins.
  • 30 – Michael Lapsley, Anglican priest and social activist, arrives in Lesotho after his visa was not renewed in South Africa.
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  • Umkhonto we Sizwe's central operations headquarters is established and the process of establishing training camps in Angola begins, with the Gabela Training Camp being the first to be established.



  • 16 June – Hector Pieterson, a 12 year old boy, is killed by police during riots in Soweto.
  • 9 September – Ivan Mitford-Barberton, art teacher at the Michaelis School of Art in Cape Town and sculptor of several monuments in South Africa, dies in Hout Bay, Cape Town at the age of 80.



Three new Cape gauge locomotive types enter service on the South African Railways (SAR):

  • March – The first of one hundred Class 35-400 General Electric type U15C diesel-electric locomotives.[2][3][4]
  • September – The first of one hundred Class 35-600 General Motors Electro-Motive Division type GT18MC diesel-electric locomotives.[2]:38, 42-43, 46[3][4]:141-142
  • The first of one hundred Class 6E1, Series 6 electric locomotives.[3][4]:128-129


  1. ^ Jeffery, Anthea (2009). People's War - New Light on the Struggle for South Africa (1st ed.). Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers. ISBN 978-1-86842-357-6. 
  2. ^ a b Middleton, John N. (2002). Railways of Southern Africa Locomotive Guide - 2002 (as amended by Combined Amendment List 4, January 2009) (2nd, Dec 2002 ed.). Herts, England: Beyer-Garratt Publications. pp. 38, 42. 
  3. ^ a b c South African Railways Index and Diagrams Electric and Diesel Locomotives, 610mm and 1065mm Gauges, Ref LXD 14/1/100/20, 28 January 1975, as amended
  4. ^ a b c Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. pp. 141–142. ISBN 0869772112.