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

Jacob ZumaJacob Zuma
12 April 1942
Fourth President of South Africa

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

P. W. BothaP. W. Botha
12 January 1916
Former Prime Minister of South Africa
Paul KrugerPaul Kruger
10 October 1825
President of South Africa

Hendrik VerwoerdHendrik Verwoerd
08 September 1901
Politician

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)

F. W. de KlerkF. W. de Klerk
18 March 1936
Politician
Thabo MbekiThabo Mbeki
18 June 1942
Politician, Economist

Johann RupertJohann Rupert
01 June 1950
Entrepreneur, Businessperson

Julius MalemaJulius Malema
03 March 1981
Politician

Jan SmutsJan Smuts
24 May 1870
Botanist, Officer, Lawyer

Nkosazana Dlamini-ZumaNkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
27 January 1949
Politician
Kgalema MotlantheKgalema Motlanthe
19 July 1949
Politician

Chris HaniChris Hani
28 June 1942
Politician

Oliver TamboOliver Tambo
27 October 1917
Politician

Mangosuthu ButheleziMangosuthu Buthelezi
27 August 1928
Politician
Blade NzimandeBlade Nzimande
14 April 1958
Politician

Walter SisuluWalter Sisulu
18 May 1912
Politician
Louis BothaLouis Botha
27 September 1862
Politician

Ela GandhiEla Gandhi
01 June 1940
politician

Ruth FirstRuth First
04 May 1925
Author, Politician, University teacher, Writer,
Tokyo SexwaleTokyo Sexwale
05 March 1953
Politician, Businessperson

Robert SobukweRobert Sobukwe
05 December 1924
Politician
Joe SlovoJoe Slovo
23 May 1926
Politician

Helen ZilleHelen Zille
09 March 1951
Politician, Journalist

John VorsterJohn Vorster
13 December 1915
Politician
Ivan GazidisIvan Gazidis
13 September 1964
Lawyer, Businessperson

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Marais ViljoenMarais Viljoen
02 December 1915
Politician
Mamphela RampheleMamphela Ramphele
28 December 1947
Politician

Ahmed KathradaAhmed Kathrada
21 August 1929
Politician, Activism

Albert LutuliAlbert Lutuli
1898 AD
politician, autobiographer

Phumzile Mlambo-NgcukaPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
03 November 1955
Politician
Helen SuzmanHelen Suzman
07 November 1917
Politician
Koos de la ReyKoos de la Rey
22 October 1847
Military officer

Pik BothaPik Botha
27 April 1932
Politician, Diplomat

D. F. MalanD. F. Malan
22 May 1874
Politician

Andries PretoriusAndries Pretorius
27 November 1798
Explorer
Manto Tshabalala-MsimangManto Tshabalala-Msimang
09 October 1940
Politician

Trevor ManuelTrevor Manuel
31 January 1956
Politician

Kumi NaidooKumi Naidoo
1965 AD
human rights activist

Baleka MbeteBaleka Mbete
24 September 1949
Politician

Sol PlaatjeSol Plaatje
09 October 1876
Journalist
Christiaan de WetChristiaan de Wet
07 October 1854
General

John Langalibalele DubeJohn Langalibalele Dube
22 February 1871
Essayist
Piet CronjéPiet Cronjé
04 October 1836
Military General

Magnus MalanMagnus Malan
30 January 1930
Military General

Khama IIIKhama III
1837 AD
Tribal Chief
Navi PillayNavi Pillay
23 September 1941
Judge, Lawyer

Marthinus Wessel PretoriusMarthinus Wessel Pretorius
17 September 1819
President
J. G. StrijdomJ. G. Strijdom
14 July 1893
Politician

Adelaide TamboAdelaide Tambo
18 July 1929
Political figure

Andries TreurnichtAndries Treurnicht
19 February 1921
Politician

Piet JoubertPiet Joubert
20 January 1831
General

Frank ChikaneFrank Chikane
03 January 1951
Politician
Allan BoesakAllan Boesak
23 February 1946
Clergyman

Jacobus Johannes FouchéJacobus Johannes Fouché
06 June 1898
President of South Africa

Harry GwalaHarry Gwala
30 July 1920
South African leader

Hendrik PotgieterHendrik Potgieter
19 December 1792
Politician
Alfred Baphethuxolo NzoAlfred Baphethuxolo Nzo
19 June 1925
Politician

Adam Kok IIIAdam Kok III
16 October 1811
Political leader
Theophilus ShepstoneTheophilus Shepstone
08 January 1817
Statesman

Frederik van Zyl SlabbertFrederik van Zyl Slabbert
02 March 1940
Businessman

Peter Hill-NortonPeter Hill-Norton
08 February 1915
Royal Navy Officer
John X. MerrimanJohn X. Merriman
15 March 1841
Prime minister

Quintin BrandQuintin Brand
25 May 1893
Officer
Colin EglinColin Eglin
14 April 1925
Politician

Dawie de VilliersDawie de Villiers
10 July 1940
Minister

Thomas François BurgersThomas François Burgers
15 April 1834
President
Kobie CoetseeKobie Coetsee
19 April 1931
Lawyer

Dennis JensenDennis Jensen
28 February 1962
Politician
Dianne Kohler BarnardDianne Kohler Barnard
02 December 1955
Politician, Journalist

Johannes BrandJohannes Brand
06 December 1823
Lawyer

Norman WalshNorman Walsh
22 May 1933
Officer

Stephanus Jacobus du ToitStephanus Jacobus du Toit
10 October 1847
Journalist
Ben NgubaneBen Ngubane
22 October 1941
Politician, Diplomat
Ellen KuzwayoEllen Kuzwayo
29 June 1914
Politician

Christian Frederick BeyersChristian Frederick Beyers
23 September 1869
General

William SchreinerWilliam Schreiner
30 August 1857
Politician

Davidson Don Tengo JabavuDavidson Don Tengo Jabavu
20 October 1885
Politician
Marthinus Theunis SteynMarthinus Theunis Steyn
02 October 1857
President of Orange Free State

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