Abortion has always been legal in SA, under Roman Dutch law and then under the Abortion and Sterilization Act No 2 of 1975. Our law was liberalised in 1996
See Susanne Klausen’s book – Abortion Under Apartheid
Nationalism, Sexuality, and Women’s Reproductive Rights in South Africa
The first scholarly study of the history of abortion in South Africa, or indeed any African country; Focuses on the centrality of the regulation of women’s reproductive bodies to the making and maintenance of apartheid in South Africa; and Situates the struggle over abortion in the context of disciplining whites’ sexuality as part of the ongoing ideological work of justifying white supremacist rule.