1979 in South Africa
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- 8 – South Africa and Lesotho sign a monetary agreement.
- 14 – Police clashes with Umkhonto we Sizwe guerrillas on a farm near Zeerust, one is arrested while six escape across the Botswana border.
- 23 – A bomb explodes near the New Canada railway station in Soweto.
- 24 – Large quantity of explosives are found and defused on the railway line between Fort Beaufort and King William's Town.
- Explosives are discovered and defused on railway line near Soweto.
- 5 – Terrorists open fire in the Moroka Police Station's charge office killing one policeman and wounding three others, as well as three civilians.
- 29 – Bishop Abel Muzorewa becomes the transitional Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Rhodesia.
- 4 – Marais Viljoen becomes State President of South Africa for the second time.
- Explosives are discovered and defused on railway line in the Eastern Transvaal.
- 22 – A Vela satellite detects a double flash signal in the southern Atlantic Ocean. This is widely believed to be a South African and Israeli nuclear test, denied by South Africa.
- Terrorists open fire and hurl grenades into the charge office of Orlando Police Station, Soweto. Two policemen are killed and two wounded.
- Grenades are thrown into the home of Special Branch policeman, Lt Magezi Ngobeni, and five children are wounded.
- A bomb explodes and damages the railway line near Alice.
- A bomb explodes at the Sasol Oil Refineries and cause massive structural damage.
- Unknown date
- The National Council of Lawyers for Human Rights is established.
- The African National Congress's Special Operations is set up to undertake high-profile acts of sabotage on key economic installations. This structure reports directly to Oliver Tambo.
- The African National Congress' Nova Catengue Training Camp is destroyed in an aerial bombardment by the South African Air Force.
- The South African Defence Force invade southern Zambia in Operation Safraan.
- 23 June – Marilyn Agliotti, female field hockey player.
- February – Sergeant Benjamin Letlako, a Police Special Branch member, is shot dead in Katlehong.
- 12 June – David Sibeko, director of Foreign Affairs of the Pan Africanist Congress and representative to the United Nations, is shot dead in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. (b. 1938)
- 30 April – Andries Albertus Pienaar, pen name Sangiro, dies on his farm Panfontein near Bloemhof. (b. 1894)
- 10 November – Harry Hart (74), South African athlete. (b. 1905)
- The South African Railways places the first of 105 Class 6E1, Series 8 electric locomotives in mainline service.
- 3 March – The South African Grand Prix takes place at Kyalami.
- Jody Scheckter becomes Formula One World Champion.