1998 in South Africa
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- President: Nelson Mandela.
- Deputy President: Thabo Mbeki.
- Chief Justice: vacant then Ismail Mahomed.
- 3 – Six policemen from the North East Rand Dog Unit set their dogs on three suspected illegal immigrants, allowing the animals to savage the three men while the officers hurl racial insults.
- 9 – Robert McBride, official in the Department of Foreign Affairs, is arrested for gun smuggling by the Mozambican police.
- 18 – A recently restored South African Air Force Museum ex-Rhodesian Air Force Percival Provost Mk 52 crashes. Denel Aviation test pilot Rick Culpan dies from his injuries four days later.
- 21 – The Socialist Party of Azania (SOPA) is founded.
- 4 – Ferdi Barnard, Civil Cooperation Bureau member, receives 2 life sentences plus 63 years in prison for the murder of David Webster.
- 7 – Theuns Swanepoel, the "Rooi Rus" policeman who gave the order to open fire on Soweto uprising rioters, dies without confessing.
- Highly acclaimed South African Soap opera Isidingo debuts on SABC 3.
- 16 – Bulelani Ngcuka is elected as the first National Director of Public Prosecutions.
- 21 – President Nelson Mandela calls for a summit over the Congo conflict, inviting the leaders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwe to attend.
- 25 – A pipe bomb explodes at Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront's Planet Hollywood restaurant, seriously injuring 26 people of which two later die in hospital.
- 3 – South Africa supports the intervention in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by Namibia, Zimbabwe and Angola in support of Kabila.
- 14 – Robert McBride is conditionally released from prison in Mozambique.
- 16 – A South African Air Force Impala Mk I crashes at AFB Bloemspruit.
- 1 – e-tv is launched
- 9 – The Constitutional Court invalidates the sodomy laws in the case of National Coalition for Gay and Lesbian Equality and Another v Minister of Justice and Others.
- 29 – Nelson Mandela receives the Truth and Reconciliation report.
- 10 – South Africa opposes the Congo talks set in Zambia the following week.
- Rock band Watershed is discovered by Sivan Pillay in Times Square, Sandton.
- Unknown date
- The Black Tie Ensemble is founded by Mimi Coertse and Neels Hansen.
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- 22 February – Athol Rowan, cricketer. (b. 1921)
- 22 April – Kitch Christie, Springbok rugby coach. (b. 1940)
- 7 May – Allan McLeod Cormack, physicist and Nobel laureate. (b. 1924)
- 8 June – Jackie McGlew, cricketer. (b. 1929)
- Archontology.org: A Guide for Study of Historical Offices: South Africa: Heads of State: 1994-2017 (Accessed on 5 June 2017)
- CNN News (29 November 2001). "Police jailed over dog attack". CNN. Archived from the original on 22 October 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2007.
- Tendai Dumbutshena (17 November 2000). "Racist, barbaric incident leaves SA shellshocked". Zimbabwe Mirror. Archived from the original on 3 June 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2007.
- "Mandela calls summit over Congo". 21 August 1998. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
- "South Africa shifts position on Congo". 3 September 1998. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
- "South Africa opposes Congo talks". 10 December 1998. Retrieved 8 February 2015.