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

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
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)

Nkosazana Dlamini-ZumaNkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
27 January 1949
Politician
Thabo MbekiThabo Mbeki
18 June 1942
Politician, Economist

Julius MalemaJulius Malema
03 March 1981
Politician

Jan SmutsJan Smuts
24 May 1870
Botanist, Officer, Lawyer

Kgalema MotlantheKgalema Motlanthe
19 July 1949
Politician

Oliver TamboOliver Tambo
27 October 1917
Politician
Chris HaniChris Hani
28 June 1942
Politician

Mangosuthu ButheleziMangosuthu Buthelezi
27 August 1928
Politician

Joe SlovoJoe Slovo
23 May 1926
Politician

Walter SisuluWalter Sisulu
18 May 1912
Activist
Mandla MandelaMandla Mandela
21 June 1974
Politician

Ela GandhiEla Gandhi
01 June 1940
politician
Ahmed KathradaAhmed Kathrada
21 August 1929
Politician, Activism

John VorsterJohn Vorster
13 December 1915
Politician

Helen ZilleHelen Zille
09 March 1951
Politician, Journalist
Ruth FirstRuth First
04 May 1925
Author, Politician, University teacher, Writer,

Blade NzimandeBlade Nzimande
14 April 1958
Politician
Tokyo SexwaleTokyo Sexwale
05 March 1953
Politician, Businessperson

Marais ViljoenMarais Viljoen
02 December 1915
Politician

Albert LutuliAlbert Lutuli
1898 AD
politician, autobiographer
Govan MbekiGovan Mbeki
09 July 1910
Politician

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Helen SuzmanHelen Suzman
07 November 1917
Politician
Trevor ManuelTrevor Manuel
31 January 1956
Politician

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

Phumzile Mlambo-NgcukaPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
03 November 1955
Politician

Pik BothaPik Botha
27 April 1932
Politician, Diplomat
Andries PretoriusAndries Pretorius
27 November 1798
Explorer
Sol PlaatjeSol Plaatje
09 October 1876
Journalist

Christiaan de WetChristiaan de Wet
07 October 1854
General

Baleka MbeteBaleka Mbete
24 September 1949
Politician

Manto Tshabalala-MsimangManto Tshabalala-Msimang
09 October 1940
Politician
Piet CronjéPiet Cronjé
04 October 1836
Military General

John Langalibalele DubeJohn Langalibalele Dube
22 February 1871
Essayist

Khama IIIKhama III
1837 AD
Tribal Chief

Magnus MalanMagnus Malan
30 January 1930
Military General

J. G. StrijdomJ. G. Strijdom
14 July 1893
Politician
Navi PillayNavi Pillay
23 September 1941
Judge, Lawyer

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

Allan BoesakAllan Boesak
23 February 1946
Clergyman

Adelaide TamboAdelaide Tambo
18 July 1929
Political figure
Harry GwalaHarry Gwala
30 July 1920
South African leader

Solly Zuckerman, Baron ZuckermanSolly Zuckerman, Baron Zuckerman
30 May 1904
British scientist
Adam Kok IIIAdam Kok III
16 October 1811
Political leader

Theophilus ShepstoneTheophilus Shepstone
08 January 1817
Statesman

Frank ChikaneFrank Chikane
03 January 1951
Politician

Hendrik PotgieterHendrik Potgieter
19 December 1792
Politician

Frederik van Zyl SlabbertFrederik van Zyl Slabbert
02 March 1940
Businessman
Steve TshweteSteve Tshwete
12 November 1938
Politician

Alfred Baphethuxolo NzoAlfred Baphethuxolo Nzo
19 June 1925
Politician

Colin EglinColin Eglin
14 April 1925
Politician

Dawie de VilliersDawie de Villiers
10 July 1940
Minister
Stephanus Jacobus du ToitStephanus Jacobus du Toit
10 October 1847
Journalist

Kobie CoetseeKobie Coetsee
19 April 1931
Lawyer
Dianne Kohler BarnardDianne Kohler Barnard
02 December 1955
Politician, Journalist

Jaap MaraisJaap Marais
02 November 1922
Politician

Johannes BrandJohannes Brand
06 December 1823
Lawyer
Dennis JensenDennis Jensen
28 February 1962
Politician

Ben NgubaneBen Ngubane
22 October 1941
Politician, Diplomat
Ellen KuzwayoEllen Kuzwayo
29 June 1914
Politician

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