1960 in South Africa
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- 3 – Harold Macmillan makes the Wind of Change speech to the Parliament of South Africa in Cape Town.
- 21 – Police shoot and kill an estimated 69 people who were part of a violent demonstration against pass laws arranged by the Pan-Africanist Congress in Sharpeville.
- 22 – Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd tells Parliament that the Anti-Pass Resistance in Sharpeville, Gauteng was not targeted against the government.
- 23 – Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, leader of the Pan Africanist Congress who led the Sharpeville demonstration, Albert Lutuli and 11 others are arrested for incitement of riots.
- 24 – All public meetings of more than 12 people are banned.
- 30 – The government declares a State of Emergency.
- 8 – The government bans the African National Congress and the Pan Africanist Congress with the coming into effect of the Unlawful Organisations Act.
- 9 – David Pratt shoots and wounds Hendrik Verwoerd, the Prime Minister of South Africa, while he opens the Rand Easter Show at Milner Park, Johannesburg.
- 19 – The South-West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) is founded in Windhoek, South West Africa, to oppose South African rule.
- 4 – Robert Sobukwe, President of the Pan Africanist Congress, is sentenced to 3 years imprisonment for incitement of black Africans to urge the repeal of pass laws.
- 5 – The white population votes in a referendum to sever South Africa's last links with the British monarchy and become a republic.
- 14 – Serial Killer Elias Xitavhudzi is hung following the murders of 16 white men and women in Atteridgeville in the 1950s.
- 16 July – PJ Powers, musician, is born in Durban.
- 24 August – Geraldine Joslyn Fraser-Moleketi, politician.
- 13 September 1960 – Kevin Carter, photojournalist, born in Johannesburg
- 16 October – Mark Mathabane, author and tennis player, is born in Johannesburg.
- Jeffery, Anthea (2009). People's War - New Light on the Struggle for South Africa (1st ed.). Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers. p. 1. ISBN 978-1-86842-357-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>