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Significant social conflict took place in the Cape Colony in the late 18th century. There were various mutinies on Dutch East India ships in the Cape waters. On land, indigenous (KhoiSan) labourers... [Item of the Day]
On 27 April 1994, South Africa held its first democratic multiracial general elections, with more than 22 million citizens voting. Nelson Mandela's African National Congress won 62.5 percent of the... [Item of the Day]
After 27 years of imprisonment Nelson Mandela was released from Victor Verster prison on 11 February 1990. The event was broadcast all over the world.The IISH holds a vast collection on South Africa... [Item of the Day]
A mine disaster in Kinross, South Africa, killed 177 people. The Board of Kinross Mine did not identify the dead black miners by name but by ethnic group only.The Congress of South Africa Trade... [Item of the Day]
Just as in South African society, SARP, the magazine of the South African police, also had a special section for non-whites. 'Non-white news' in the January 1967 issue reports on Sergeant A.H. Xulu,... [Item of the Day]
South Africa's school system reflected the apartheid policy. During the 1970s and 80s many student strikes, boycotts, and violent actions expressed opposition to the educational system. In June 1976... [Item of the Day]
'Chocolate from the queen and soup from the enemy.' That is the title of the cartoon drawn by Caran d'Ache on 17 November 1900 for the French magazine Le Rire (The Laugh). The British troops had... [Item of the Day]
In Sharpeville, South Africa, police fire on a crowd of black demonstrators, killing 69. The United Nations made 21 March International Day against Racism (1966). [Item of the Day]