This is a list of alleged sightings of unidentified flying objects
UFOs in South Africa
1965 craft landing
- After midnight on 16 September, police constables Lockem and de
Klerk observed a landed, copper-coloured craft on the Pretoria -
Bronkhorstspruit freeway. It was 30ft wide and left a 6ft wide
imprint on the tarmac after a rapid, fiery ascent. The incident was
confirmed in a press release by Lt Colonel J.B. Brits, district
commandant, Pretoria North.
1972 craft landings
- On 27
June a landed craft was observed near Fort Beaufort in the eastern Cape,
which attracted the attention of the military. On 12
November a school headmaster seems to have arrived at a still
smouldering UFO landing site in the town of Rosmead.
1974 abduction event
- Travellers Peter and Frances MacNorman
claimed an abduction event on 31 May, which would have started near
Victoria in the current southern Zimbabwe, and which
would have continued to the vicinity of Beitbridge on the South African border.
- On 7
April 1991, at 23:15pm a hovering triangular craft with red central
light, and white star-like lights on each extremity, was observed
by a family at Baviaanspoort, Pretoria.
craft was sighted in the nearby Eersterust township on the evenings of 8 and 9 April, either
stationary or moving.
- On 18
November 1993, at 10:15pm, Messrs du Plessis and Venter, residents
of Sasolburg, observed a craft arriving from the direction of
Vereeniging. The craft departed in a flash in the
direction of Parys, but
returned some three minutes later. The craft, similar in
appearance to a water droplet, was observed to change colour and
shape. With time individual lights were distinguished, and the body
was determined to be cigar-shaped. While contained in a yellowish
to orange glow, it emitted a downward blue light, before once again
departing in a flash, upwards. A nearby town resident claimed to
have found imprints of a small craft's landing gear, some two
September and October 1994 a farmer at Warrenton claimed to have made repeated observations of a
noisy, nighttime craft travelling at great speeds, besides what he
described as a 'mother ship'. The craft's noise was compared
to the sound of a helicopter or Volkswagen Beetle engine. The farmer's
general claims were supported by four independent observers.
- A UFO wave swept South Africa from late March to mid April
1995, which was widely reported in the media.
4:00am on 28 August 1996 a glowing disc was sighted by sergeant
Becker near the Adriaan Vlok police station, Erasmuskloof, Pretoria.
pulsating light contained a red triangle and emitted bright green
tentacles, while a radar operator at Johannesburg
International confirmed its presence. A chase ensued
involving some 200 policemen and a police helicopter. The
helicopter chase was given up at 10,000ft near Bronkhorstspruit,
when the object made a vertical ascent. An object was sighted again
during the early hours of 31 August and 1 September.
- Around the end of July 1997 a hovering,
cylindrical light or shiny cloud, was filmed by Andreas Mathios in
the sky above the town of Trichardt, in the current western
Mpumalanga province. Besides Mathios, it was
independently observed by three other persons around 6:50am. The
light suddenly dropped and rose again before disappearing.
Trichardt was also the scene of a 1985 sighting.
- On 27
December 1998 the Laubscher family videotaped a group of roundish
triangular craft passing over the town of Graaff Reinet, at about 25,000ft. These were changing
colour and sometimes circled one another, before being overtaken by
a much larger, shiny, gold-coloured craft. At this point all the
objects departed to a cloud bank on the horizon.
- On 8
May, at 3:24am, police inspector Kriel claimed to have observed an
approaching UFO while travelling on the N3 freeway, 70km north of
Warden in the eastern Free State province. The orange, oval-shaped light was
fitted with two cupolas, one above and another below, and was wide
enough to cover four lanes of the freeway. After a close approach
the craft receded again. A follow up report claimed that the
vicinity is known for moving light apparitions.
A well-known photo series depicting a supposed UFO, was taken on 24
July near Rosetta in the Drakensberg
region. The photographer, meteorologist Elizabeth Klarer, however
also claimed to have had an alien lover, Akon, who fathered her son
1989 Kalahari crash
According to supposed leaked documents an alien craft was shot down
by South African aircraft, some 80 miles into Botswana, on 7 May.
Two alien beings were claimed to have been captured on site. To
date no primary witnesses have been traced, while the supporting
documents, some obvious fakes, were all obtained from James van
Greunen. Researcher Tony Dodd lent Van Greunen some credibility in
Quest magazine, but other researchers were highly skeptical.
1995 Lesotho crash
According to supposed leaked documents an alien craft crashed in
Lesotho on 15 September. It was claimed that South African forces
retrieved the craft and took three alien beings captive. The source
of these documents is unknown, but is once again suspected to be
James van Greunen. Failing to trace any key individuals or
witnesses, researcher Michael Hesemann denounced it as 'a complete
hoax'. Other researchers, though skeptical, held out hope to trace