1980 in South Africa

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List of years in South Africa



  • 12 – The British Sports Council begins a fact-finding tour to investigate racial discrimination in South African sport.
  • 14 – The local community at Soekmekaar resists forced removal and damages the police station.
  • 25 – Four Umkhonto we Sizwe terrorists kill two civilians and hold bank staff and customers hostage in Silverton.[2]
  • 12 – The Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk and its three sister churches announce that they have no objection to reconsideration of the Immorality- and Mixed Marriages Acts.
  • 12 – Nine people are sentenced to imprisonment for training as guerrillas and recruiting others.
  • 26 – A mine lift cage at the Vaal Reefs gold mine falls 1.9 kilometres (1.2 miles), killing 23.
  • Two insurgents are killed by police in Bophuthatswana while another escapes.
  • Special Branch policeman Detective-Sergeant T.G. Zondi is shot at in Sobantu Village.
  • 3 – Zimbabwe breaks diplomatic and consular relations with South Africa but maintains a commercial mission in Johannesburg.
  • 14 – The Soweto community calls for a stayaway to protest against rent increases.
  • 15 – A bomb damages a railway line in Dube, Soweto and Minister Piet Koornhof visits the scene.
  • 29 – Umkhonto we Sizwe insurgents throw grenades into the West Rand Administration Board buildings, injuring two.
  • 30 – A bomb explodes at the Transkei consul's residence in Port Elizabeth, with no injuries.
  • 21 – A terrorist is killed in Chiawelo and a child is injured by police in the process.





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



  • 11 October – Thompson Magawana wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:12:50 in Faure.




  1. ^ Archontology.org: A Guide for Study of Historical Offices: South Africa: Heads of State: 1961-1994 (Accessed on 14 April 2017)
  2. ^ South African History Online - Silverton Siege 1980
  3. ^ 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, 44, 46. 
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ a b c Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. pp. 129–131, 140–143. ISBN 0869772112.