The RetroAfrika “What Was Happening When” series is now in its 7th week! Here’s this week’s instalment – what was happening in South Africa when “Umbango” was produced.
1986 – Umbango
+ 7 Jan A grenade is thrown at a Railways policeman in Soweto.
+ 8 Jan A Pretoria sub-station is damaged by an explosion.
+ 9 Jan A limpet mine explodes at 21h15 and damages a substation in Jacobs, Durban. Later a second limpet explodes, killing a policeman and injuring other policemen and two electrical workers who arrive at the scene.
+ 4 Feb Four South African Army soldiers are injured when a cadre throws a grenade into their military vehicle at Gugulethu.
+ 9 Feb A limpet mine destroys two police vehicles at Umlazi police station near Durban when parked after returning from riot patrol.
+ 21 March Four mines explode at an Escom sub-station in Durban.
+ 8 April The home of the former Labour Party secretary in Natal, Kevin Leaf, is attacked.
+ 12 June The Government declares a nationwide state of emergency.
+ 1 July An explosion outside the Carlton Hotel in Johannesburg injures eight civilians.
+ 15 August Trevor Manuel is detained for the second time, this time only to be released in 1988.
+ 4 November A landmine kills a soldier on horseback in the eastern Transvaal.
+ 19 Dec A grenade attack is executed on the home of a Soweto councillor and two policemen are injured.