On this day in history: 26 March


Die Burger published the term ‘Apartheid’ for the first time.

Friday, March 26, 1943

On 26 March 1942, an article was published by an Afrikaner political correspondent of the Nationalist newspaper, Die Burger, which was written using the pseudonym ‘Dawie.’ The article gave some insight into the term ‘Apartheid’ and the state of consciousness of White Afrikaners at the time.

Thursday, March 26, 1998

Pres. Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary, arrived at the Cape Town International Airport the first American president to visit SA with his wife.

Sunday, March 26, 1995

Winnie Mandela announced that she had instituted legal proceedings against the Minister of Safety and Security, Sydney Mufamadi, and National Police Commissioner, George Fivaz.

Friday, March 26, 1993

UN Security Council voted to set up the largest and most expensive peacekeeping operation so far. 30 000 troops and civilians were to go to Somalia.

 Tuesday, March 26, 1991

Soldiers overthrew Mali’s military dictator after days of rioting and protests that left dozens dead.

Monday, March 26, 1990

Mr Piet Clase, Minister of Education for Whites, announced that the government had decided to abandon the principle of segregated state education. From January 1991, White state schools would be allowed to accept Black children, provided that a majority of the parents of such schools gave their consent.

Monday, March 26, 1990

Police opened fire on anti-apartheid protesters in the township of Sebokeng, near Johannesburg, killing at least fourteen people and wounding more than 380. The protest was organised against high rents and racially segregated local facilities.

Wednesday, March 26, 1986

South Africa and Lesotho issued a joint statement that their respective territories were not to be used for acts of terrorism against each other.

 Friday, March 26, 1971

The Prime Minister of Swaziland visited Cape Town for talks with John Vorster and confirms that a policy of friendship and cooperation towards the Republic was being maintained.

Wednesday, March 26, 1969

South Africa signed an air transport agreement with Austria.

 Wednesday, March 26, 1969

Ten African men and one woman received prison sentences of from five to twenty years in the Pietermaritzburg Supreme Court.

 Tuesday, March 26, 1968

South African Indian Council Act No 31 commenced. It established a Council consisting of 25 members appointed by the Minister of Indian Affairs. The number was increased to 30 members, of whom 15 were appointed by the Minister and 15 indirectly through electoral colleges in the provinces (Dugard 1978: 100). Unlike the Coloured Persons Representative Council, the South African Indian Council was not granted legislative powers. The law was repealed by section 23 of the Republic of South Africa Constitution Act No 110 of 1983.

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