2009 in South Africa
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- Deputy President: Baleka Mbete (until 9 May), Kgalema Motlanthe (starting 9 May).
- Chief Justice: Pius Langa then Sandile Ngcobo.
- 8 – The 97th Anniversary of the ANC is celebrated.
- 4 – Jacob Zuma appears in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.
- 4 – Jimmy Mohlala, Mbombela Local Council Municipality speaker who had been asked to resign by the ANC following a whistle-blower act which saw Municipal manager Jacob Dladla suspended, is shot dead in his Nelspruit home. His 19-year-old son is wounded in the attack.
- 11 – Trevor Manuel presents the 2009–2010 budget.
- 11 – For the first time in South Africa, court proceedings in a trial are conducted entirely in isiZulu in the municipality of Msinga. The proceedings are part of a pilot project to offer "access to justice for all".
- 3 – South African holidaymakers need visas to enter the United Kingdom.
- 3 – Convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik is released from prison on medical parole.
- 4 – The 14th Dalai Lama's visa application to enter South Africa is refused.
- 12 – The Constitutional Court rules that registered voters living overseas can vote for the National Assembly in the 22 April elections.
- 7 – All charges against Jacob Zuma and French arms manufacturer Thint over the South African arms deal are officially withdrawn in the Durban High Court.
- 22 – The 2009 national and provincial elections are held.
- 25 – The Independent Electoral Commission publishes the elections results. The ANC won 65.9% of the vote, The DA won 16.66%.
- 18 – The first Mandela Day is organised on Nelson Mandela's 91st Birthday.
- 19 – Gill Marcus is appointed Governor of the South African Reserve Bank by Jacob Zuma, to replace Tito Mboweni on 9 November.
- 22 – President Jacob Zuma meets with the Paramount leader of the People's Republic of China Hu Jintao in New York.
- 22–24 – The United States Embassy and other US government facilities in South Africa are closed because of unspecified security concerns.
- 24 – Airlink Flight 8911 crashes shortly after take-off, killing one and injuring three.
- 8 – Serial killer, serial rapist and criminal Ananias Mathe is sentenced to an effective 54 years in prison for various crimes.
- 12 – The Miss World 2009 pageant takes place Johannesburg.
- 13 – The Miss South Africa 2009 pageant takes place at Sun City.
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- 1 January – Helen Suzman, activist and politician. (b. 1917)
- 11 January – Ludumo Galada, boxer. (b. 1982)
- 6 April – Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, politician. (b. 1937)
- 13 October – Winston Mankunku Ngozi, musician. (b. 1943)
- 3 December – Curtis Nkondo, activist, educator, politician and ambassador. (b. 1928)
- 16 December – Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, politician. (b. 1940)
- 31 December – Masego Kgomo, murder victim. (b. c. 1999)
- Two new Cape gauge locomotive types enter service on Transnet Freight Rail (TFR):
- The first of fifty Class 39-200 Electro-Motive Diesel type GT26CU-3 diesel-electric locomotives, built at the Transnet Rail Engineering shops in Koedoespoort.
- The first of 110 new Class 19E dual voltage 3 kV DC and 25 kV AC electric locomotives on the Coalink line from Ermelo to Richards Bay.
- TFR begins rebuilding Class 6E1, Series 2 to 8 locomotives to Class 18E, Series 2 locomotives.
- Archontology.org: A Guide for Study of Historical Offices: South Africa: Heads of State: 1994-2017 (Accessed on 5 June 2017)
- Zuma's first court date set
- "SA official gunned down". BBC. 5 January 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2010.
- "2010 World Cup whistle-blower shot dead". Sowetan. 5 February 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2010.[permanent dead link]
- "ANC in stadium cover-up". Mail & Guardian online. 22 February 2008. Retrieved 5 March 2010.
- "Dladla report-Jimmy Mohlala vindicated". ziwaphi.com. 22 October 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2010.
- Manuel to Avoid Spending Surge in His Last South African Budget
- Rural court set to make history.
- New SA passport too late for UK News 24
- Shaik released on medical parole News 24
- Expats will be allowed to vote News 24
- "Zuma's five minutes to freedom". Archived from the original on 12 September 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2009.
- South Africa’s official election results The Times
- Calls for global 'Mandela Day' News 24
- MEDIA RELEASE: ACCIDENT – AIRLINK FLIGHT Update #2 at 16h30 Archived 19 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- Mathe smiles after sentencing
- SA jazz legend dies News 24 19 September 2009
- Struggle veteran Nkondo dies
- "Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has died", Times, 16 December 2000.
- Railways Africa, 12 Dec 2008: The Class 39 Diesels
- Final 39-200 Rolls Out Railways Africa, 6 April 2010
- Railways Africa, 29 Aug 2008: First 19E Loco
- TFR Class 19E Test Train / Information South African Railway News, 9 April 2009
- Information gathered from the rebuild files of individual locomotives at Transnet Rail Engineering’s Koedoespoort shops