Find out more about the greatest South African Leaders, including Nelson Mandela, Cecil Rhodes, Jacob Zuma, Desmond Tutu and Shaka.
Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela
18 July 1918
Anti-Apartheid Activist, President of ANC and
Cyril RamaphosaCyril Ramaphosa
17 November 1952
President of South Africa

Desmond TutuDesmond Tutu
07 October 1931
Anti-Apartheid Activist

Winnie Madikizela-MandelaWinnie Madikizela-Mandela
26 September 1936
Politician, Anti-Apartheid Activist

Jacob ZumaJacob Zuma
12 April 1942
Fourth President of South Africa

F. W. de KlerkF. W. de Klerk
18 March 1936
Former State President of South Africa
P. W. BothaP. W. Botha
12 January 1916
Former Prime Minister of South Africa

Hendrik VerwoerdHendrik Verwoerd
08 September 1901
Politician

Paul KrugerPaul Kruger
10 October 1825
President of South Africa
John DiefenbakerJohn Diefenbaker
18 September 1895
Former Prime Minister of Canada

Albert John LuthuliAlbert John Luthuli
04 June 1898
President of African National Congress (ANC)
Thabo MbekiThabo Mbeki
18 June 1942
Politician, Economist

Julius MalemaJulius Malema
03 March 1981
Politician

Oliver TamboOliver Tambo
27 October 1917
Politician

Jan SmutsJan Smuts
24 May 1870
Botanist, Officer, Lawyer

Nkosazana Dlamini-ZumaNkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
27 January 1949
Politician
Chris HaniChris Hani
28 June 1942
Politician

Kgalema MotlantheKgalema Motlanthe
19 July 1949
Politician

Johann RupertJohann Rupert
01 June 1950
Entrepreneur, Businessperson

Walter SisuluWalter Sisulu
18 May 1912
Activist
Ahmed KathradaAhmed Kathrada
21 August 1929
Politician, Activism

Mangosuthu ButheleziMangosuthu Buthelezi
27 August 1928
Politician
Ivan GazidisIvan Gazidis
13 September 1964
Lawyer, Businessperson

Joe SlovoJoe Slovo
23 May 1926
Politician

Louis BothaLouis Botha
27 September 1862
Politician
Ela GandhiEla Gandhi
01 June 1940
politician

Mandla MandelaMandla Mandela
21 June 1974
Politician
Robert SobukweRobert Sobukwe
05 December 1924
Politician

Helen ZilleHelen Zille
09 March 1951
Politician, Journalist

John VorsterJohn Vorster
13 December 1915
Politician
Tokyo SexwaleTokyo Sexwale
05 March 1953
Politician, Businessperson

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Ruth FirstRuth First
04 May 1925
Author, Politician, University teacher, Writer,
Govan MbekiGovan Mbeki
09 July 1910
Politician

Helen SuzmanHelen Suzman
07 November 1917
Politician

Mamphela RampheleMamphela Ramphele
28 December 1947
Politician

Marais ViljoenMarais Viljoen
02 December 1915
Politician
Blade NzimandeBlade Nzimande
14 April 1958
Politician
Albert LutuliAlbert Lutuli
1898 AD
politician, autobiographer

Kumi NaidooKumi Naidoo
1965 AD
human rights activist

Phumzile Mlambo-NgcukaPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
03 November 1955
Politician

D. F. MalanD. F. Malan
22 May 1874
Politician
Koos de la ReyKoos de la Rey
22 October 1847
Military officer

Andries PretoriusAndries Pretorius
27 November 1798
Explorer

Pik BothaPik Botha
27 April 1932
Politician, Diplomat

Sol PlaatjeSol Plaatje
09 October 1876
Journalist

Trevor ManuelTrevor Manuel
31 January 1956
Politician
Christiaan de WetChristiaan de Wet
07 October 1854
General

Baleka MbeteBaleka Mbete
24 September 1949
Politician
John Langalibalele DubeJohn Langalibalele Dube
22 February 1871
Essayist

Manto Tshabalala-MsimangManto Tshabalala-Msimang
09 October 1940
Politician

Piet CronjéPiet Cronjé
04 October 1836
Military General
Magnus MalanMagnus Malan
30 January 1930
Military General

J. G. StrijdomJ. G. Strijdom
14 July 1893
Politician
Khama IIIKhama III
1837 AD
Tribal Chief

Navi PillayNavi Pillay
23 September 1941
Judge, Lawyer

Marthinus Wessel PretoriusMarthinus Wessel Pretorius
17 September 1819
President

Allan BoesakAllan Boesak
23 February 1946
Clergyman

Andries TreurnichtAndries Treurnicht
19 February 1921
Politician
Piet JoubertPiet Joubert
20 January 1831
General

Adelaide TamboAdelaide Tambo
18 July 1929
Political figure

Solly Zuckerman, Baron ZuckermanSolly Zuckerman, Baron Zuckerman
30 May 1904
British scientist

Adam Kok IIIAdam Kok III
16 October 1811
Political leader
Jacobus Johannes FouchéJacobus Johannes Fouché
06 June 1898
President of South Africa

Harry GwalaHarry Gwala
30 July 1920
South African leader
Theophilus ShepstoneTheophilus Shepstone
08 January 1817
Statesman

Manie MaritzManie Maritz
26 July 1876
Military Leader

Steve TshweteSteve Tshwete
12 November 1938
Politician
Hendrik PotgieterHendrik Potgieter
19 December 1792
Politician

Frank ChikaneFrank Chikane
03 January 1951
Politician
Ben NgubaneBen Ngubane
22 October 1941
Politician, Diplomat

Quintin BrandQuintin Brand
25 May 1893
Officer

Frederik van Zyl SlabbertFrederik van Zyl Slabbert
02 March 1940
Businessman
Peter Hill-NortonPeter Hill-Norton
08 February 1915
Royal Navy Officer

Alfred Baphethuxolo NzoAlfred Baphethuxolo Nzo
19 June 1925
Politician
Colin EglinColin Eglin
14 April 1925
Politician

John X. MerrimanJohn X. Merriman
15 March 1841
Prime minister

Thomas François BurgersThomas François Burgers
15 April 1834
President

Dawie de VilliersDawie de Villiers
10 July 1940
Minister
Kobie CoetseeKobie Coetsee
19 April 1931
Lawyer
Dianne Kohler BarnardDianne Kohler Barnard
02 December 1955
Politician, Journalist

Stephanus Jacobus du ToitStephanus Jacobus du Toit
10 October 1847
Journalist

Jaap MaraisJaap Marais
02 November 1922
Politician

Johannes BrandJohannes Brand
06 December 1823
Lawyer
Norman WalshNorman Walsh
22 May 1933
Officer

Dennis JensenDennis Jensen
28 February 1962
Politician

Christian Frederick BeyersChristian Frederick Beyers
23 September 1869
General

Ellen KuzwayoEllen Kuzwayo
29 June 1914
Politician

William SchreinerWilliam Schreiner
30 August 1857
Politician
Marthinus Theunis SteynMarthinus Theunis Steyn
02 October 1857
President of Orange Free State

Davidson Don Tengo JabavuDavidson Don Tengo Jabavu
20 October 1885
Politician
F. S. MalanF. S. Malan
12 March 1871
Politician

Jan Hendrik HofmeyrJan Hendrik Hofmeyr
20 March 1894
Politician
Eugène Ney Terre'BlancheEugène Ney Terre'Blanche
31 January 1941
Police officer