Kaffir Boy timeline

Events

Sharpeville Massacre

1960

After a day of demonstrations, at which a crowd of black protesters far outnumbered the police, the South African police opened fire on the crowd, killing 69 people.

Mandela

1962

Mandela is arrested for plotting against the government. Though he stays active politically, he will spend 27 years in prison.

Presisdent

1990

President F.W. de Klerk announces the end of apartheid. Mandela is freed from prison after serving 27 years.

De Klerk

1993

De Klerk and Mandela are jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

First election

1994

South Africa holds its first elections in which all races can vote. Nelson Mandela is elected President.

Rugby Tornment

1995

South Africa hosts and wins the World Cup rugby tournament.

Mandela

1999

Mandela steps down as President.

Aids drugs

2001

April - 39 multi-national pharmaceutical companies halt a legal battle to stop South Africa importing generic Aids drugs. The decision is hailed as a victory for the world's poorest countries in their efforts to import cheaper drugs to combat the virus.

HIV/Aids

2003

November - Government approves major programme to treat and tackle HIV/Aids. It envisages network of drug-distributon centres and preventative programmes. Cabinet had previously refused to provide anti-Aids medicine via public health system.

Thabo Mbeki

2004

he African National Congress wins a landslide election, gaining almost 70% of the votes. Thabo Mbeki begins his second term as president.

gold minors

2005

August - Around 100,000 gold miners strike over pay, bringing the industry to a standstill.

apartheid era

2005

March - Investigators exhume the first bodies in a Truth and Reconciliation Commission investigation into the fates of hundreds of people who disappeared in the apartheid era.

Jacob Zuma

2006

May - Former deputy president Jacob Zuma is acquitted of rape charges by the High Court in Johannesburg. He is reinstated as deputy leader of the governing African National Congress.

Jacob Zuma

2009

Jacob Zuma is elected President

Soccer Tournament

2010

South Africa hosts the World Cup soccer tournament.