A study suggests that the HIV prevalence rate in South Africa has leveled off at 10.9% and it could be falling in the under-19 age group.
- In a major policy speech, South African President Jacob Zuma announces the country will treat all HIV positive babies and expand testing.
- Former South African deputy president Jacob Zuma is acquitted of a rape charge; the judge rules that a sexual encounter with a 31-year-old HIV-positive woman was consensual.
- Former South African President Nelson Mandela breaks a strong taboo when he announces that the death at age 54 of his sole surviving son, Makgatho Mandela, was caused by AIDS, which kills about 600 people daily in South Africa. His action is viewed as being critical of his successor, Thabo Mbeki, who has denied a link between HIV and AIDS.
- A fire along South Africa's Garden Route in the Cape Province, kills at least seven people.
- An explosion at a Rheinmetall munition depot near Cape Town, South Africa, kills at least eight people.