What Was Happening When

1980 – Upondo No Nkinsela



14 – The local community at Soekmekaar resists forced removal and damages the police station.


12 – The Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK) together with its sister churches for Blacks (the NGK in Afrika), Coloureds (the NG Sendingkerk) and Indians (the Reformed Church in Africa), issue a statement that the Churches will bring no objection in principle should authorities judge that circumstances justify reconsideration of the Immorality Act and the Mixed Marriages Act.


4 – Umkhonto we Sizwe attacks the Booysens Police Station in Johannesburg with grenades, rocket launchers and AK47s.


2 – Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall is banned because the government fears that it might be used as a song of liberty by black school children.


1 – Bombs explode at Sasol One and Two and Natref Eight at Sasolburg and Secunda, with no injuries and RM58 damage. The attack was organised by Solomon Mahlangu of the Umkhonto weSizwe Special Operations.


Special Branch policeman Detective-Sergeant T.G. Zondi is shot at in Sobantu Village.


14 – The Soweto community calls for a stayaway to protest against rent increases.


21 – A terrorist is killed in Chiawelo and a child is injured by police in the process.

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Mandla South African Cinema

Director Tonie Van Der Merwe Cast Hector Mathanda
Producer Mary-Ann Spangenberg Innocent “Popo” Gumede
Writer Ilza Oosthuizen Kay Magubane
DOP Tony Cunningham Dumi Shongwe
Editor N/A Cleopatra Nyide
Sound Philip Kershaw Mandla Ngcoya
Y.O.P 1980’s Phumlani Phewa
Running Time 69 min
Language isiZulu
Genre Comedy

When two dim-witted thieves escape from prison and ransack Mandla’s house, the young boy’s parents believe he and his friend are to blame. Determined to prove their innocence, Mandla and his pal set off in search of the true culprits.

After a few close calls and a daring escape, Mandla and his friend manage to capture the escaped convicts.

Mandla South African Cinema

Mandla South African Cinema

Impango II

Impango South African Cinema

Director Tonie van der Merwe Cast Innocent “Popo” Gumede
Producer Alida Hand Hector Mathanda
Writer N/A Kay Magubane
DOP Michel Hartslief Gugu Mhlanga
Editor N/A Lorraine Nyathikazi
Sound Steve Hand Vincent Vilakazi
Y.O.P 1980’s
Running Time 73 min
Language isiZulu
Genre Crime

When Mr. Dlamini, a wealthy businessman, and his wife, Gugu, fall victim to a trio of crooks seeking revenge and money, they are forced to flee to their beach house.

The crooks are not that easily thwarted. When they follow the couple on their getaway, Dlamini and Gugu will have to fight back if they ever hope to live through this ordeal and be free from these hooligans once and for all.

Impango South African Cinema

Impango South African Cinema


Hostage South African Cinema
Director Michele Hartslief Cast Innocent “Popo” Gumede
Producer Mitch Dyter Dumi Shongwe
Writer Lorraine Philbrick Pepsi Mabizela
DOP Michele Hartslief Vincent Vilakazi
Editor Theresa Brown Zanele Nyidi
Sound Simon Bleakley Sylvia Makhathini
Y.O.P 1980’s
Running Time 69 min
Language isiZulu
Genre Crime / Drama

Bra Jack and his two underlings, Jabu and Thabi, decide to blackmail a young local businessman by the name of Ben. Their plan is to use one of his warehouses at the harbour to store a shipment of drugs coming in soon.

Ben, proving himself an upstanding citizen, refuses to cooperate. This is until his wife, Thuli, is kidnapped by the crooks.

Ben turns to his friend, Michael, who helps the young man come up with a plan to rescue his wife. At a trade-off at the harbour, one of the underlings is shot. Jack and his concubine manage to escape but ultimately Ben is reunited with his wife once more.

Hostage South African Cinema

Hostage South African Cinema