2002 in South Africa
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- 29 – Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian organisation, begins importing a cheap generic version of patented AIDS drugs into South Africa in defiance of South Africa's patent laws.
- 27 – Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang approaches the Constitutional Court to stop the issuing of Nevirapine.
- Sivan Pillay, Ed Jordan, Nkhensani Mangani and Karl Anderson are appointed as the first judges of reality show Coca-Cola Popstars, which yields two new pop groups, winners 101 and runners-up Afro Z.
- 25 – Mark Shuttleworth becomes the second self-funded spaceflight participant.
- 26 – A South African Air Force Impala Mk I jet crashes near the Albasini Dam between Louis Trichardt and Musina, killing pilot Captain Brett Burmeister.
- 20 – Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang announces at the World Health Assembly in Geneva that South Africa pledges R20 million to the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
- 16 – The Hector Pieterson Museum becomes the first museum to open in Soweto.
- 27 – Two South African Air Force Oryx helicopters, flying from the South African Antarctic research ship Agulhas, takes emergency food supplies and evacuates 21 Russian scientists from the German-owned Magdalena Oldendorff which has been trapped in ice off Antarctica since 16 June.
- 15 – Nelson Mandela calls on government and business leaders worldwide to find ways to provide access to treatment to people living with HIV/AIDS.
- 8 – The government announces the approval of an anti-retroviral roll-out plan.
- 9 – Ed Fagan leads a $50bn class action suit by a few apartheid-era victims against international firms and banks who profited from dealings with the apartheid government.
- 25 – The Medicines Control Council threatens to de-register Nevirapine unless further studies and appropriate documentation can show its efficacy in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
- 15 – Johan Pretorius, Boeremag member, is arrested and charged when he is found with a truckload of weapons and explosives in Lichtenburg.
- 20 – Boeremag members Dirk Hanekom and Henk van Zyl are arrested in Memel, Free State, but only Hanekom is charged.
- 22 – A South African Air Force Museum T-6G Harvard crashes into power lines during a flypast at Africa Aerospace and Defence 2002, being held at AFB Waterkloof, Pretoria. Pilot Colonel Jeff Earle escapes with minor injuries.
- 10 – President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki states that AIDS drugs are dangerously toxic to people and questions whether HIV or poverty is the true cause of Aids.
- 30 – Nine bombs explode in Soweto and one in Bronkhorstspruit. The Boeremag claims responsibility.
- 4 – Alleged Boeremag leader Tom Vorster is arrested in Pretoria for the October bombings.
- 22 – A bomb explodes at the Grand Central Airport in Midrand, Gauteng.
- 28 – A bomb explodes on a bridge on the border between KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape Provinces.
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- Mbongeni Ngema's controversial song "AmaNdiya" is banned.
- 26 April – Steve Tshwete, activist and politician. (b. 1938)
- 15 May – Nellie Shabalala, musician. (b. 1953)
- 1 June – Hansie Cronje, cricketer. (b. 1969)
- 29 June – Stephen Fry, Springbok captain. (b. 1924)
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- Archontology.org: A Guide for Study of Historical Offices: South Africa: Heads of State: 1994-2017 (Accessed on 5 June 2017)