Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 12 May, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

2015 | Mmusi Maimane succeeds Helen Zille as the Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA).

2015 | Andre du Plessis, a South African pro-legalisation campaigner lit up a marijuana joint during a debate on whether or not the drug should be legalised on SABC news.

2015 | Malawi’s former army commander Henry Odillo and his deputy Clement Kafuwa were arrested over corruption charges for paying $4.4 million to a firm for military gear which was never delivered.

2016 | According to World Economic Outlook (WEO) report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), South Africa became the third-largest economy in Africa behind Egypt and Nigeria in the first place.

2019 | South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ruling ANC wins the sixth general elections with a 57% share of the votes, the lowest since 1994.  

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1994 | South Africa cricket player, Xenophon Balaskas (83)

2015 | South African former MP and women’s rights activist, Ruth Segomotsi Mompati (89)

2020 | South African doctor and human rights activist, Clarence Mini (68)


1948 | Former Minister of Trade and Industry of South Africa, Rob Davies

1961 | South African politician, Zandile Gumede

1963 | South African filmmaker, Gavin Hood

1968 | Former Gauteng MEC for Health and Social Development, Qedani Dorothy Mahlangu


2018 | Super Rugby – The Stormers lost 9-15 to the Chiefs at Newlands Rugby Stadium Cape Town. It was their first home defeat.



2015 | Ghana Broadcasting Corporation cut transmission hours due to power outages.

2017 | Harry Styles releases his self-titled debut solo album. 

2019 | BBC American series Killing Eve wins BAFTA’s British Academy Television Award for Best Drama series.


The African continent is home to the world’s largest living land animal, the African elephant, which can weigh up to 6,350 kg.

The South African