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Thursday, November 8, 1984
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A year after the United Democratic Front (UDF) was formed, Security police raided their offices. This came amid nationwide unrest which started on 03 September 1984 in Sebokeng, Vaal. The UDF was an umbrella organisation of anti-apartheid groups.

This article was produced by South African History Online on 31-Oct-2012

This Day in History Extra Dates
  • Wednesday, November 8, 1922
    Heart transplant pioneer Professor Chris Barnard is born in Beaufort West, CP.
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  • Wednesday, November 8, 2006
    President Thabo Mbeki leads a government delegation to the funeral of former state president, P.W. Botha, in George.
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2005
    Angry commuters in Vereeniging torch four carriages at the Residentia railway station after it was reported that there would be no trains running at Vereeniging, Stratford, Residentia and Lenasia stations following the theft of a cable from Viljoensdrift.
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  • Tuesday, November 8, 2005
    A two-hour meeting is held between a delegation of deputy ministers, led by President Mbeki, and a thirty-five member Afrikaans Discussion Group, including business leaders, farmers, academics and journalists at Tuynhuis, Cape Town. The Afrikaner Group made recommendations about more effective redistribution and use of land, improvement of municipal government services and assistance to community projects.
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  • Tuesday, November 8, 2005
    An audit report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers reveals the Mpumalanga education department has been defrauded of R26m for toilets and water tanks that were never supplied. The contractors were appointed to build toilets and provide water tanks to schools used as polling stations during the last national elections. Contractors, surveyors and government officials are implicated.
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  • Monday, November 8, 2004
    South African Airways (SAA) announces that it will not fly to Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) due to disturbances in the country and around the airport.
  • Monday, November 8, 2004
    President Thabo Mbeki is consulting with west African leaders ahead of an emergency trip to Ivory Coast to settle the latest unrest.
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  • Monday, November 8, 2004
    The International Committee of the Red Cross reports that more than 400 people were wounded in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, at the weekend when pro-government demonstrators clashed with French forces. About 800 foreigners have taken refuge at the United Nations mission in Abidjan, under guard of UN peacekeepers as "unruly mobs" roam the streets. http://www.news24.com

  • Saturday, November 8, 2003
    Runner-up in Mauritanian presidential elections, Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidallah, is arrested for allegedly inciting violence.
    References:
    • BBC, (2004). 'Key Dates', Focus on Africa, January to March, v. 15 no 1, p. 9

  • Saturday, November 8, 2003
    Mauritania's ruling president Maaouiya Ould Taya wins the first round of the presidential elections. BBC gives date as 7 November.
    References:
    • BBC, (2004). 'Key Dates', Focus on Africa, January to March, v. 15 no 1, p. 9
    •  https://news.bbc.co.uk/

  • Monday, November 8, 1999
    A painting by SA painter Irma Stern is auctioned for the record price of R1.1 m in Johannesburg.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, November 8, 1998
    The air search for thirteen crew members of a Greek fish trawler is suspended.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, November 8, 1999
    ANC leader Nelson Mandela meets with his Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) counterpart Jafta "Jeff" Masemola, who has just been released from detention together with seven ANC leaders. It is believed the primary subject on their agenda is Unity between these two liberation movements.
    References:
    • Keesing's Record of World Events, News Digest for November 1989, p. 37033.

  • Saturday, November 8, 1997
    The SA rugby team beats Italy 62-31 in Bologne.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, November 8, 1997
    Dulcie van den Bergh (69), SA actress, dies in Johannesburg.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, November 8, 1996
    UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali calls for an international military force to aid and protect a million refugees caught in a civil war in Zaire, but is blocked by the United States in the Security Council.
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  • Friday, November 8, 1996
    Mzukisi Sikali (Skali), SA Junior flyweight, wins the World Boxing Union (WBU) world champion title.
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  • Tuesday, November 8, 1994
    Parliament adopts Restitution of Land Act by 212 to 26, with IFP and Freedom Front opposing it. South Africans forcibly removed from land since 1913 can lodge claims for return of land. A Commission on the Restitution of Land Rights would settle claims by mediation or negotiation.
  • Monday, November 8, 1993
    Convention between the governments of South Africa and France for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income, takes place.
    References:
    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.

  • Friday, November 8, 0199
    Minister of Law and Order Hernus Kriel announces the formation of a new police unit, which would have specific task of stabilising and controlling political unrest throughout the country.
    References:
    • Keesing's Record of World Events, News Digest for October 1993, P 38560.

  • Friday, November 8, 1991
    The South African cricket team arrive in Calcutta, to play in three one-day matches against the Indian team in South Africa's first international cricket contact since 1970. The city is brought to a standstill. (2004). Yesterdays, Pretoria News, 8 November
  • Thursday, November 8, 1990
    Sixteen people die in an attack by IFP supporters in Bruntville, Mooi River, Natal.
    References:
    • Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee.

  • Friday, November 8, 1985
    The University of Transkei Amendment Act No 17, empowering the Transkei Minister of Education to veto, without giving reasons, the appointment of any person to a post at the University,  commences.
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  • Wednesday, November 8, 1989
    The military government in the Transkei lifts the state of emergency and banning orders on fifteen organisations in the territory. (2004). Yesterdays, Pretoria News, 8 November.

  • Friday, November 8, 1985
    The National Key Points Act No 26, aimed at tightening up security following sabotage in Umtata, commences.
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  • Saturday, November 8, 1980
    Louise (Lulu) Latsky, SA author of children's books and zoologist, dies in Stellenbosch.
    References:
    • Verwey, E.J. (ed)(1995). New Dictionary of South African Biography, v.1, Pretoria: HSRC, p. 129.

  • Thursday, November 8, 1984
    Security police today raid the offices of the United Democratic Front.
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  • Saturday, November 8, 1980
    The SA rugby team beats France 37-15 in Pretoria.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, November 8, 1977
    The French Ministry of Defence will no longer permit delivery of two escort vessels (corvettes) and two submarines under construction in French naval yards.
    References:
    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.

  • Wednesday, November 8, 1978
    Dr C.P. Mulder resigns as Minister of Plural Relations and Development on instruction of the prime minister because of irregularities in the Department of Information, but retains his seat in Parliament.
    References:
    • Muller, C.F.J. (ed)(1981). Five Hundred years: a history of South Africa; 3rd rev. ed., Pretoria: Academica, p. 548.

  • Friday, November 8, 1974
    Penny Heyns, SA swimming star, is born in Springs, Transvaal. Her parents later moved to the Natal South Coast. She represented South Africa at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, winning both the 100m and 200m breaststroke event. This made her the only woman in the history of the Olympic games to do so.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  https://www.durban.gov.za/

  • Sunday, November 8, 1953
    Johannes van Melle, SA author, dies in Johannesburg. A different date, 18 November 1953, probably not correct, is given in Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 11, p. 152
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Kruger, D.W. (ed)(1972). Dictionary of South African Biography, Cape Town: Human Sciences Research Council, v. 3, p. 811.

  • Thursday, November 8, 1973
    A meeting convened by Chief Lucas Mangope, Chief Minister of Bophuthatswana, held in Umtata in camera and attended by eight 'homeland' leaders to work out a common approach to the government, lay emphasis on the concept of one Black nation. Resolutions are passed for the establishment of a Black bank, abolition of influx control and consolidation of 'homelands' into single units.
    References:
    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.

  • Saturday, November 8, 1952
    South African police open fire on Black rioters, killing fourteen and wounding thirty-nine, after a beer-hall brawl got out of hand.
  • Wednesday, November 8, 1933
    The multilateral Convention Relative to the Preservation of Fauna and Flora in Their Natural State, to which SA is a party, is signed in London.
    References:
    • Burger, D. (ed)(2002). South Africa Yearbook 2001/02, Pretoria: GCIS, p. 222

  • Sunday, November 8, 1942
    Allied forces under Lieutenant-General Dwight D. Eisenhower begin landings in North Africa, starting the Algeria-Morocco Campaign of World War II (WWII). More than 400,000 Allied soldiers take part in the invasion.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  https://www.andibradley.com/
    •  https://www.news24.com

  • Tuesday, November 8, 1927
    The Rev. Daniël Stephanus Botha (75), moderator of the Cape Dutch Reformed Church, dies in Stellenbosch.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, November 8, 1922
    Christiaan Neethling Barnard, medical pioneer who performed the first heart transplant, is born in Beaufort West, CP.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  https://zar.co.za/
    •  https://www.andibradley.com/

  • Wednesday, November 8, 1899
    Anglo-Boer War 2: President Steyn takes General Snyman to task for a cattle raid against Chief Montshiwa in which 203 head of cattle and 1 570 sheep and goats have been taken, admonishing him that it was not advisable to alienate the local people for the sake of a small herd of livestock.
    References:
    • Cloete, P.G. (2000). The Anglo-Boer War: a chronology, Pretoria: Lapa.

  • Friday, November 8, 1895
    The British government protests at the closing by President Paul Kruger of the Vaal River drifts.
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  • Thursday, November 8, 1855
    The Natal Independent and General Advertiser, closed down in February, reappears as The Times.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, November 8, 1887
    The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) is established.
    References:
    • Burger, D. (ed)(2002). South Africa Yearbook 2001/02, Pretoria: GCIS, p. 260

  • Monday, November 8, 1819
    Andries Pretorius, Voortrekker leader, and father of M.W. Pretorius, first president of the ZAR, marries Christina de Wet. --, (2005). 'Pretoria 1855-2005: Chronologie 1798-1935', Bylaag tot Rekord).
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, November 8, 1679
    Commander Simon van der Stel camps on the bank of the Eerste River and calls the place Stellenbosch.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, November 8, 1797
    Mutiny breaks out in Table Bay.
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