Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 4 March, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.
1953 | The Criminal Law Amendment Act No 8 is passed in South Africa. It introduced whipping and up to five years in prison for even minor offences if the law was broken for political reasons.
1980 | ZANU PF leader, Robert Mugabe wins the elections to become the first black Prime Minister of Zimbabwe.
1990 | After the release of Nelson Mandela from Robben Island, 343 political prisoners went on a hunger strike demanding their release.
2018 | The World’s worst listeria outbreak which killed 180 is traced back to a processed meat factory in Polokwane, South Africa.
2016 | Tanzanian diplomat and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Rwegasira (81)
2016 | Kenyan politician, George Ndung’u Mwicigi (83)
2017 | South African herbalist, Margaret Roberts (79)
1934 | South African tennis player, Sandra Reynolds
1968 | South African tennis player, Dianne Van Rensburg
1984 | South African musician, Jeremy Loops
1986 | South African cricket player, Dominic Telo
2006 | Super 14 – Round 4: New Zealand team, the Highlanders, won their second game in a row in South Africa, beating the Stormers 30-15 at Newlands.
2019 | South African musician Mampintsha was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend Babes Wodumo on Instagram Live.
There are an estimated 1 500 – 2 000 languages spoken on the continent of Africa. In Nigeria, there are more than 500 languages and 11 official languages in South Africa.