This day in history: Mozambique stands with South Africa


In the wake of the massacre of 14 uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) soldiers in Mozambique by South African security forces on January 30, 1981, Mozambican President Samora Machel pledged solidarity with the people of South Africa.

The Mozambican president addressed mourners at the funeral of the slain soldiers, along with African National Congress (ANC) President, Oliver Tambo.

The names of the victims: Lancelot Hadebe, Mandla Daka, Daniel Molokisi, Steven Ngcobo, Vusumzi Ngwema, Thabang Bookolane, Krishna Rabilal, Themba Dimba, Motso Mokgabudi, Collin Khumalo, Levinson Mankankaza, Albert Mahutso, Mduduzi Guma, William Khanyile and Vuyani Mavuso. Read more.

Watch Samora Machel on why the struggle will continue.

Other events on this day:



1995 – The Constitutional Court of South Africa was officially inaugurated. Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson was chosen as president. The first case heard by the court was the constitutionality of the death penalty. Read more.

1994 – King Goodwill Zwelithini warns then-President FW de Klerk that he is ready to establish a Zulu kingdom incorporating the KwaZulu homeland and Natal province in rebellion to the government and the ANC. Read more.

1906 – Johannesburg's horse-drawn trams are replaced with electric trams. These trams could more easily traverse the steep inclines than the horse-drawn counterparts. The trams were in use until 1948, when private automobile use increased and a shift in urban densities led to the termination of the service. Read more.

1840 – Natal becomes a Voortrekker Republic for a brief time. The southern, northern and eastern borders are delineated, however the western border, which stretched into the interior of the country, is not mentioned. Read more.