6 February – A policeman is killed in attack at East London
10 February – Rocky Malebane-Metsing leads a group of dissatisfied members of the Bophuthatswana Defence Force and the National Executive Committee of the People's Progressive Party to stage a coup d'état in the Bantustan of Bophuthatswana
12 February – Two municipal policemen, guarding an installation, are injured when they are attacked by guerrillas
– A guerrilla opens fire on car driven by ex-Rhodesian soldier, now private security firm official, in Johannesburg
7 March – A guerrilla and a civilian is killed by police during a raid in Queenstown, six policemen are wounded in the raid
8 March – An attack by guerrillas on Phiri Hall police mess kills one policemen and wounds 10 others
12 March – A church-led opposition group headed by Desmond Tutu is banned
14 March – A bomb explodes at Johannesburg City Hall with no injuries
17 March – Mohammed Ichbahl and Aboobaker Ismail set up two bombs at the Krugersdorp magistrate’s court adjacent to the local police station, the first to serve as a decoy and the second, a car bomb, directed at security force personnel but, "unfortunately the decoy failed to explode, due to some malfunction". The car bomb explodes killing two South African Defence Force personnel and a civilian. Twenty other people were injured. South African police accused Hein Grosskopf of the attack, and acknowledged later that he had not been responsible.
18 March – Guerrillas attack a tavern in Atteridgeville frequented by policemen; three policemen are killed in the attack
12 April – In a Mpumalanga township, police corner a guerrilla who then kills himself and two policemen with a grenade. Police later kill a second guerrilla, a policeman is killed and three civilians wounded in the crossfire
15 April – A limpet mine explodes at the Atteridgeville Municipal offices
A bomb explodes prematurely outside Pretoria's Sterland cinema killing the carrier and injuring a bystander. According to an African National Congress guerrillas, the intended target was a nearby government building
19 April – An explosion at a private office block less than 100 m from Parliament damages a branch of Santam bank
22 April – A guerrilla ambushes a municipal police vehicle and wounds four policemen and one civilian in Soweto
25 April – A policeman, Sgt JM Mazibuku, is killed at bus stop in Newcastle by guerrillas
3 June – An explosion occurs at the South African Irish Regiment HQ in Anderson Street, Johannesburg
A bomb explodes during lunch hour outside Standard Bank in Roodepoort, killing four and injuring eighteen civilians. According to an African National Congress guerrilla the target had not been civilians but a police station nearby and refuses to give details on what operational difficulties caused this incident.
5 June – A bomb is detonated while a train was standing at Saulsville railway station
20 June – A Ciskei policeman, W/O Swelindawo is injured in explosion at his home in Mdanstane
22 June – Ten people are killed when a limpet mine explodes at an amusement arcade in Winning Side Arcade in Johannesburg
26 June – A limpet mine is discovered and defused at Papagallo Restaurant in East London
27 June – Cuban MiG 23 jet fighters attack the Calueque Water Scheme – twelve South African soldiers die after a direct hit by bomb.
29 June – A bomb kills two South African Defence Force, two Prisons personnel and 13 civilians when it explodes at a cafe in Poynton building
22 December South Africa, Angola and Cuba sign a tripartite agreement at UN headquarters in New York requiring the withdrawal of Cuban forces from Angola and the granting of independence to Namibia by South Africa.