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

Jacob ZumaJacob Zuma
12 April 1942
Fourth President of South Africa

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

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

P. W. BothaP. W. Botha
12 January 1916
Politician
Hendrik VerwoerdHendrik Verwoerd
08 September 1901
Politician, University teacher, Faculty

Paul KrugerPaul Kruger
10 October 1825
Politician
Chris HaniChris Hani
28 June 1942
Politician

Mangosuthu ButheleziMangosuthu Buthelezi
27 August 1928
Politician

Kgalema MotlantheKgalema Motlanthe
19 July 1949
Politician
Joe SlovoJoe Slovo
23 May 1926
Politician

Nkosazana Dlamini-ZumaNkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
27 January 1949
Politician
Albert LutuliAlbert Lutuli
1898 AD
politician, autobiographer

Ela GandhiEla Gandhi
01 June 1940
politician

Helen ZilleHelen Zille
09 March 1951
Politician, Journalist
Baleka MbeteBaleka Mbete
24 September 1949
Politician

Helen SuzmanHelen Suzman
07 November 1917
Politician
Phumzile Mlambo-NgcukaPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
03 November 1955
Politician

Pik BothaPik Botha
27 April 1932
Politician, Diplomat

Marais ViljoenMarais Viljoen
02 December 1915
Politician

Ruth FirstRuth First
04 May 1925
Author, Politician, University teacher, Writer,
Trevor ManuelTrevor Manuel
31 January 1956
Politician
B. J. VorsterB. J. Vorster
13 December 1915
Politician

Tokyo SexwaleTokyo Sexwale
05 March 1953
Politician, Businessperson

Daniel François MalanDaniel François Malan
22 May 1874
Minister, Politician

Andries PretoriusAndries Pretorius
27 November 1798
Explorer
Frederik Willem de KlerkFrederik Willem de Klerk
18 March 1936
 

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Ahmed KathradaAhmed Kathrada
21 August 1929
Politician, Activism

Blade NzimandeBlade Nzimande
14 April 1958
Politician

Navi PillayNavi Pillay
23 September 1941
Judge, Lawyer

Magnus MalanMagnus Malan
30 January 1930
Politician
Frank ChikaneFrank Chikane
03 January 1951
Politician

Dianne Kohler BarnardDianne Kohler Barnard
02 December 1955
Politician, Journalist
Ben NgubaneBen Ngubane
22 October 1941
Politician, Diplomat

Thabo Mvuyelwa MbekiThabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki
18 June 1942