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1989 in South Africa
The following lists events that happened during
1989 in South Africa
8 – The
African National Congress announces that it will start dismantling its guerrilla camps in Angola in support of the peace process. 18 – State President
P.W. Botha has a mild stroke. 19 –
Chris Heunis, Minister of Constitutional Development and Planning, is appointed Acting State President. An
Eskom sub-station in Glenwood, Durban is damaged by an explosion and police later defuses a second bomb found nearby. An explosion occurs at the home in
Benoni of the chair of the Ministers Council in the House of Delegates. An explosion occurs at an aircraft factory in
Ciskei. Two municipal police members are killed in a grenade attack on Katlehong's Municipal Police Station.
2 – An ailing State President
Pieter Willem Botha steps down from the leadership of the National Party, but remains state president.
Trevor Manuel is released from detention under stringent restriction orders. An explosion at a municipal police barracks in
Soweto injures four policemen. An explosion next to a police parade in
Katlehong kills a municipal constable and injures nine others. A limpet mine explodes at the home of the commander of the Katlehong Police Station, Col. D. Dlamini.
2 – SWAPO violates the border war cease-fire by invading South West Africa from Angola and nearly 300 are killed.
Four bystanders are injured when a
limpet mine explodes under a police vehicle in Duduza. A limpet mine explodes under a vehicle parked outside a policeman's home in
Tsakane. A grenade is thrown at a police patrol in Tsakane.
A limpet mine explodes in a rubbish bin outside the home of a policeman in
Soweto. A bomb shatters the windows of
KwaThema Police station's dining hall. A limpet mine explodes at the Police single quarters in
Ratanda. A limpet mine explodes at the home of Boetie Abramjee, a National Party MP.
15 – P.W. Botha resigns and F.W. de Klerk succeeds him as acting State President.
 A grenade is thrown into a Labour Party polling station in
Bishop Lavis. The
Brixton Flying Squad HQ is attacked with hand grenades and AK-47s. Lt-Col. Frank Zwane, a former liaison officer for the police, and his two sons are injured in a grenade attack in
Soweto. An explosion occurs at the Athlone Police Station.
"Purple Rain Protest" rioters in Greenmarket Square, Cape Town are sprayed with a purple dye. The resulting graffiti, " The purple shall govern" graces the pages of newspapers worldwide. 20 –
F.W. de Klerk becomes the 9th State President of South Africa.  A police patrol is ambushed by
cadres (terrorists) in Katlehong. A mini-limpet mine explodes outside the
Mamelodi Police station. Parliamentary elections are held and the National Party wins again.
100,000 people attend a peace march called by Cape Town city mayor Gordon Oliver in conjunction with religious leaders.
A bomb explodes outside the BP centre in Cape Town and another at Woodstock minutes later.
27 – The Hex River Tunnels system is officially opened. The system's longest tunnel at 13.5 kilometres (8.4 miles) long is the longest railway tunnel in Africa.  
15 January –
Kylie Louw, footballer 21 January –
Brady Barends, cricketer 10 February –
Simon Harmer, cricketer 9 March –
Carina Horn, sprinter 24 March –
Jennifer Fry, badminton player 4 April –
Dane Paterson, cricketer 13 April –
Gerhard van den Heever, rugby union player 28 April –
Alistair Vermaak, rugby union player 11 May –
Ashleigh Buhai, golfer 14 May –
Melinda Bam, beauty pageant contestant and model 2 June –
Dean Burmester, golfer 10 June –
David Miller, cricketer 25 July –
Victor Hogan, discus thrower 26 July –
Ross Cronjé, rugby union player 30 July –
Wayne Parnell, cricketer 2 August –
Vanes-Mari Du Toit, netball player 5 August –
Darren Keet, footballer 13 September –
Jurgen Visser, rugby union player 4 October –
Madoda Yako, rugby union player 25 October –
Lejeanne Marais, figure skater 6 November – Cheriese Taylor, road cyclist
25 December – Pat O'Brien, rugby union player
^ a b c d
Archontology.org: A Guide for Study of Historical Offices: South Africa: Heads of State: 1961-1994 (Accessed on 14 April 2017)
Blast Opposite Athlone Magistrate’s Court and Police Complex Kills Two.
^ South African Panorama, October 1989, p. 25
The World's longest Railway Tunnels
^ Information supplied by Phil Girdlestone
Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. pp. 109–110. ISBN 0869772112.
^ South African Railways Index and Diagrams Electric and Diesel Locomotives, 610mm and 1065mm Gauges, Ref LXD 14/1/100/20, 28 January 1975, as amended
Middleton, John N. (2002). Railways of Southern Africa Locomotive Guide - 2002 (as amended by Combined Amendment List 4, January 2009) (2nd, Dec 2002 ed.). Herts, England: Beyer-Garratt Publications. pp. 49–52, 60.