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On 12 June 1917, Dr Ansuyah Ratipul Singh, medical doctor, novelist and community worker, was born in Durban. She moved to London where she completed her degree in Medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1944. In 1946, Dr Singh returned to South Africa and become involved in the Passive Resistance Movement in Durban.

This article was produced by South African History Online on 08-Jun-2012

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  • Tuesday, June 12, 2007
    After months of speculation, Jamaican police finally confirms that former Pakistani cricket coach Bob Woolmer was not murdered but died of natural causes. Woolmer, 58, died soon after being found unconscious in his hotel room in Jamaica on March 18 the day after Pakistan were knocked out of the cricket World Cup by Ireland.
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  • Sunday, June 12, 2005
    President Thabo Mbeki salutes the historic deal by the world's most industrialised nations to write off debt owed by eighteen of the world's poorest countries, saying it will boost Africa's regeneration. African nations also salute the agreement. http://www.news24.com

  • Sunday, June 12, 2005
    Rain Queen Makobo Modjadji VI (29) dies in Polokwane Medi-Clinic at 4.30am after a sudden illness.
    References:
    • Makgotho, S. (2005). Queen Modjadji dies. Sowetan, June 14

  • Saturday, June 12, 2004
    James Baker, former US secretary of state, resigns as the UN mediator for Western Sahara.
    References:
    • BBC, (2004). 'Key Dates', Focus on Africa, October to December, v. 15 no. 4, p. 6

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2002
    England faces Denmark in the second round of the 2002 World Cup, following a goalless draw with Nigeria in a tight Group F encounter.
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2002
    Bafana Bafana, the SA soccer team, loses 2-3 against Spain.
    References:
    • ----, (2004). 'Lucas Radebe: Footballer of the Decade,' Kick Off 1994-2004, Special Edition, p. 10

  • Tuesday, June 12, 2001
    Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-'Owhali, an Osama bin Laden follower, is sentenced to life in prison without parole in the 1998 bombing of the US Embassy in Kenya, which killed 213 people. He is convicted of conspiracy in the nearly simultaneous bombing on the US Embassy in Tanzania.
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  • Saturday, June 12, 1999
    The SA rugby team beats Italy 74-3 in Port Elizabeth.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, June 12, 1998
    SA's Bafana Bafana loses its first World Cup Soccer match against France 0-3.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, June 12, 1997
    A deal is proposed between the IFP and the ANC in Kwazulu-Natal aimed at stopping the conflict. The initiative has brought a decrease in violence.

  • Saturday, June 12, 1993
    US helicopters and gunships destroy four of Somali warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid's arms depots, one week after his forces allegedly killed twenty-three Pakistani members of the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping forces in a series of fire fights.
  • Monday, June 12, 1989
    Three Whites, Damion de Lange, Ian Robertson and Susan Donelly, are convicted of terrorism for being in possession of an arms cache in Broederstroom.

  • Sunday, June 12, 1988
    Stanza Bopape, a Black activist of Mamelodi, dies in police custody. He allegedly escaped from a police van while being transported to Vereeniging.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 260

  • Sunday, June 12, 1988
    Jabulani Sibisi, Joseph Mthembu, Sifiso Nxumalo and Nkosinthi Thenjekwayo, all ANC members, are shot dead in an ambush near Piet Retief.
    References:
    • Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 250.

  • Friday, June 12, 1987
    Central African Republic's former emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa is sentenced to death for crimes committed during his thirteen-year rule.
  • Thursday, June 12, 1986
    Countrywide State of Emergency is declared in terms of the Public Safety Act No 3 of 1953.
    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
    •  https://www.andibradley.com/

  • Thursday, June 12, 1986
    The Eminent Persons Group releases its report on South Africa.

  • Thursday, June 12, 1980
    The Republic of South Africa Constitution Bill receives its third reading. Among its provisions are the abolition of the Senate and the creation of a sixty-member President's Council comprising Whites, Coloured, Indian and Chinese representatives nominated by the State President for a five-year term. A new office, that of Vice State President, will be created: he will act as chairman of the President's Council. It is opposed by the PFP principally on the grounds of the exclusion of Blacks.
    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

  • Thursday, June 12, 1980
    The government publishes details of proposed legislation under which the Minister of Defence could designate any place, area or installation as a national key point for which adequate security measures would have to be taken.
    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

  • Tuesday, June 12, 1979
    A member of the three-man Presidential Council of the PAC, David M. Sibeko, dies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, after being shot the previous night.
    References:
    • Verwey: New Dictionary of South African Biography

  • Saturday, June 12, 1976
    A military coup in Uruguay overthrows civilian president Juan Bordaberry, beginning a nine-year dictatorship.
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  • Sunday, June 12, 1977
    Dr Werner W.M. Eiselen, co-founder of the South African Bureau of Racial Affairs (Sabra) and promoter of the concept of separate development, dies in Tzaneen one day before his 78th birthday.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, June 12, 1975
    The Minister of Indian Affairs announces that South African Indians will be free to move from one province to another without prior permission, with the exception of the Orange Free State.
    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

  • Monday, June 12, 1972
    The Post Office Amendment Bill provides for the interception of mail and telephone and other communications where necessary in the interests of state security. Only the Progressive Party member, Helen Suzman, votes against it.
    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, June 12, 1971
    The SA rugby team beats France 22-9 in Bloemfontein.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, June 12, 1970
    Sydney John Clow, pioneer of the motorcar industry, dies in Johannesburg.
    References:
    • Verwey, E.J. (ed)(1995). New Dictionary of South African Biography, v.1, Pretoria: HSRC.

  • Friday, June 12, 1970
    The seventh 'homeland' is inaugurated with the installation of Chief Gatsha Buthelezi as Chief Executive Officer of the Zululand Territorial Authority (ZTA).
    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.

  • Monday, June 12, 1967
    Israel declares it will keep some of ground won from Egypt, Jordan and Syria in Six-Day War.
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  • Friday, June 12, 1964
    Conclusion of the Rivonia trial. Nelson Mandela, Sisulu, Mbeki, Kathrada, Mhlaba, Mlangeni & Motsoaledi are sentenced to life imprisonment in the Pretoria Supreme Court.
    References:
    • Hayes, S. (ed)(2000).  Who's Who of Southern Africa 2001..., Graighall: Jonathan Ball; 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.
    •  https://www.andibradley.com/
    •  https://www.news24.co.za

  • Wednesday, June 12, 1963
    The coldest day in Pretoria in 108 years with a minimum of –3,6 and a maximum of 7,5 degrees Centigrade.
    References:
    • ---, (2005). 'Pretoria 1855-2005: Chronologie 1798-1935', Bylaag tot Rekord.

  • Tuesday, June 12, 1962
    SA signs amendment to the co-operation agreement with the United States.
    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, June 12, 1943
    British King George IV lands in Algiers at the start of a North African tour of Allied troops.
  • Saturday, June 12, 1909
    Natal votes for the creation of the
  • Tuesday, June 12, 1900
    Anglo-Boer War 2:  The two-day Battle of Diamond Hill or Donkerhoek, started on the previous day, ends when darkness sets in and Comdt.-Gen. Botha orders his burghers to return to Bronkhorstspruit. The following day Lord Roberts withdraws to Christinen Hill, Sammy Marks' farm.
    References:
    • Cloete: The Anglo-Boer War: a chronology

  • Tuesday, June 12, 1900
    Anglo-Boer War 2:  Pres. Steyn issues a proclamation refuting Lord Robert's annexation proclamations.   He points out that the Orange Free State government is still in existence and its military forces are still unconquered and thus in terms of the Hague Convention, military rule cannot be imposed.
    References:
    • Cloete: The Anglo-Boer War: a chronology

  • Tuesday, June 12, 1900
    Anglo-Boer War 2: Gen. Redvers Henry Buller occupies Volksrust after a victory at Allemansnek.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, June 12, 1882
    Anti-foreign riots break out in Alexandria, Egypt.
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  • Sunday, June 12, 1836
    Adolphe Mabille, Swiss missionary in Basutoland (Lesotho) and compiler of a Sotho-English glossary which he expanded and still the standard dictionary of Southern Sotho, is born in Baulmes, Vaud Canton.
    References:
    • Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 7, p. 85