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

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
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

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
Joe SlovoJoe Slovo
23 May 1926
Politician

Helen ZilleHelen Zille
09 March 1951
Politician, Journalist

John VorsterJohn Vorster
13 December 1915
Politician
Marais ViljoenMarais Viljoen
02 December 1915
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
Govan MbekiGovan Mbeki
09 July 1910
Politician

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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
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

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

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

Colin EglinColin Eglin
14 April 1925
Politician

Dawie de VilliersDawie de Villiers
10 July 1940
Minister
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
Jaap MaraisJaap Marais
02 November 1922
Politician

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

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