1980 – Hostage
+ Jan 14 The local community at Soekmekaar resists forced removal and damages the police station.
+ Jan 25 Three Umkhonto we Sizwe terrorists, Stephen Mafoko, Humphrey Makhubo and Wilfred Madela, kill two civilians and hold the staff and customers in a bank in Silverton in Pretoria hostage. The siege ends in a shoot-out with the police in which all three terrorists are killed.
+ March 12 In Pretoria nine people are sentenced to five to seven years imprisonment for training as guerrillas outside South Africa and recruiting others to undergo training.
+ March 26 A mine lift cage at the Vaal Reefs gold mine in South Africa falls 1.9 kilometres (1.2 miles), killing 23.
+ April 4 Umkhonto we Sizwe attacks the Booysens Police Station in Johannesburg with grenades, rocket launchers and AK47s.
+ April 21 More than sixty coloured high schools, teacher training colleges and the University of the Western Cape start boycotting classes.
+ Oct 14 The Soweto community calls for a stayaway to protest against rent increases.
+ Oct 15 A bomb damages a railway line in Dube, Soweto and Piet Koornhof, minister of co-operation and development, visits the scene.
+ Nov 21 A terrorist is killed in Chiawelo and a child is injured by police in the process.