1977 in South Africa

1977 in South Africa

"See also:"
1976 in South Africa,
other events of 1977,
1978 in South Africa and the
Timeline of South African history.




*8 January - the railway line near Soweto is maliciously damaged


*1 February - The Bantustan of KwaZulu is granted self-governance
*24 February - A bomb explodes at the Daveyton Police Station, causing only superficial damage


*7 March - A Pretoria restaurant destroyed by a bomb


*1 April - Pik Botha, South Africa's ambassador in the United States of America is appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs


*17 May - A referendum is held in South West Africa to vote on the draft Turnhalle constitution


*4 June - Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, Secretary of the South African Catholic Bishops' Conference, is served a 5 year restriction order
*15 June - Monty Motlaung and Solomon Mahlangu, two Umkhonto we Sizwe cadres are arrested by police in warehouse in Goch Street, Johannesburg. Two bystanders are killed during the arrest. Later Motlaung is beaten so badly in police custody that he ends up brain damaged and Mahlangu was tried and hanged
*29 June - The United Party is renamed the New Republic Party


*15 July - The railway line at Umlazi in Durban is maliciously damaged
*29 July - The "Antipolis", a Greek oil tanker, rans aground on the rocks near Victoria Road in Oudekraal, Cape Province while being towed to a wreckers yard


* A Soviet surveillance satellite detects South Africa's nuclear test preparations and alerts the United States


*6 September - Steve Biko is arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No 83 of 1967
*23 September - The Netherlands suspends its cultural agreement with South Africa


* The railway at between Dunswart (Boksburg) and Apex (Benoni) is maliciously damaged and a train driver is slightly injured
*4 November - United Nations Security Council Resolution 418, placing a mandatory arms embargo against South Africa, is passed.
*25 November - 14 people are injured when a bomb explodes at the Carlton Centre
*30 November - A bomb explodes on a Pretoria bound train
*30 November - Whites only general election is held. The National Party wins.


*12 December - Guerrillas attack the Germiston police station, no one hurt
*14 December - A bomb explodes at Benoni's railway station
*22 December - An unexploded bomb is found in OK bazaars (a nationwide supermarket) in Roodepoort

Unknown date

* Former members of the United Party leave and join the Progressive Reform Party, which is renamed the Progressive Federal Party
*Cedric Mayson, a Methodist minister, is banned for 5 years



*5 March - The South African Grand Prix, is held at Kyalami


*11 MayVictor Matfield, Springbok rugby player


*5 March - British Formula One racing driver Tom Pryce dies in a freak accident during the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami when his car hits a marshal, Jansen Van Vuuren
*8 March - Moses Kottler, sculptor, dies in Johannesburg at the age of 81
*29 April - Marimuthu Pragalathan Naicker, journalist, anti-apartheid activist, dies, at the age of 56, from a suspected heart failure on a flight from London to Berlin
*9 September - Leonard Mandla Nkosi, special branch policeman who was a former African National Congress member, is killed
*12 September - Steve Biko dies in police detention

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