29 December has witnessed a range of critical events in South Africa’s history, encompassing political actions, legal decisions, and significant steps in the struggle for justice and equality.
These historical events happened on 29 December
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Winnie Mandela Banning Order (1981)
On 29 December 1981, Winnie Mandela was served with another five-year banning order, continuing her banishment and restriction to the small town of Brandfort in the Orange Free State.
Commodore Dieter Gerhardt Sentencing (1983)
Commodore Dieter Gerhardt and his second wife, Ruth Gerhardt, were sentenced to life imprisonment and ten years imprisonment respectively on 29 December 1983. They were found guilty of high treason for spying for the Soviet Union.
Rev. Michael Scott at the UN for Herero People (1948)
Justice Coetzee and the Black Newspapers (1980)
In 1980, Justice Coetzee refused to lift the banning order on four black newspapers – the Post Transvaal, Saturday Post, Sunday Post, and the Sowetan. Additionally, the security police served as the president and vice-president of the Black Journalists’ trade union Media Workers of South Africa with three-year banning orders.
Rev. Allan Hendrickse and the Coloured Labour Party (1978)
Rev. Allan Hendrickse was elected leader of the Coloured Labour Party of South Africa on 29 December 1978 at its thirteenth Congress in Bloemfontein.