The 1980s witnessed a convergence of forces that saw the collapse of the apartheid government.
There was a marked increase in attacks launched by the ANC through its armed MK inside South Africa.
All three cadres are killed including two civilians.
This incident becomes known as the Silverton Siege.31 January, The Swiss government lodges an official protest with the South African government over the illegal activities of South African agents operating in Switzerland and liaising with anti-apartheid organizations.
The IUEF’s Director, Lieutenant-General Erikssen, resigns with effect from July 1980, his health having deteriorated particularly after the exposure of Craig Williamson.21 February, South Africa warns Mozambique it will not hesitate to strike back if Mozambique continues to shelter guerrillas conducting "murderous operations" and acts of sabotage against South Africa.
soon receives over 86,000 signatures and is supported by many organisations and leaders.
A Release Nelson Mandela Committee is formed with Nokukhanya Luthuli (wife of the late Chief Albert Luthuli) as patron.20 March, Zinzi Mandela expresses the spirit of the ‘Release Mandela’ campaign in a speech at the University of Witwatersrand when she says, “I have seen the anger of my people mounting.