Famous South African Presidents

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 1 F. W. de Klerk

F. W. de Klerk
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Famous As: Former State President of South Africa
Birthdate: March 18, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: South African
F. W. de Klerk served as the State President of South Africa from 1989 to 1994 and as the Deputy President from 1994 to 1996. He was also the National Party leader from 1989 to 1997. His government helped crush the apartheid system and established universal suffrage. 

 2 Paul Kruger

Paul Kruger
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Famous As: President of South Africa
Birthdate: October 10, 1825
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: South African
Died: July 14, 1904

Paul Kruger was a South African politician who served as the last State President of the South African Republic. Revered by his admirers as a tragic folk hero, Kruger was one of the most influential military and political personalities in 19th-century South Africa. His life inspired the 1941 German film Ohm Krüger, in which Kruger was played by Emil Jannings.

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 3 P. W. Botha

P. W. Botha
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of South Africa
Birthdate: January 12, 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: South African
Died: October 31, 2006
Better known as PW, Pieter Willem Botha had been the president and prime minister of South Africa. A law school drop-out, Botha grew up to unsuccessfully attempt a reconciliation between apartheid sympathizers and all-Black student and labor organizations. His refusal to testify before the TRC invited a fine.

 4 Marthinus Wessel Pretorius

Marthinus Wessel Pretorius
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: September 17, 1819
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: South African
Died: May 19, 1901

 5 Marthinus Theunis Steyn

Marthinus Theunis Steyn
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Famous As: President of Orange Free State
Birthdate: October 2, 1857
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: South African
Died: November 28, 1916

 6 Jacobus Johannes Fouché

Jacobus Johannes Fouché
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Famous As: President of South Africa
Birthdate: June 6, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: South African
Died: September 23, 1980

 7 Thomas François Burgers

Thomas François Burgers
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: April 15, 1834
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: South African
Died: December 9, 1881
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 8 Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
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Famous As: Anti-Apartheid Activist, President of ANC and Former President of South Africa
Birthdate: July 18, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: South African
Died: December 5, 2013
Revered as the Father of the Nation by the South Africans, Nelson Mandela was a statesman who rose to become the country’s first black head of state. He reconciled a nation divided along racial lines and dismantled the legacy of apartheid.

 9 Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma
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Famous As: Fourth President of South Africa
Birthdate: April 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: South African

Jacob Zuma is a South African politician and fourth president of South Africa. During his presidency, which lasted from 2009 to 2018, Zuma was accused of racketeering and corruption which ultimately led to his resignation. Apart from being a politician, Zuma also runs the Jacob Zuma Foundation, which aims at building houses for the poor and sending children to school.

 10 Cyril Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa
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Famous As: President of South Africa
Birthdate: November 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: South African

Cyril Ramaphosa is a politician and the current president of South Africa. Also the president of South Africa's popular political party African National Congress (ANC), Ramaphosa played a key role during the nation's transition to democracy during which he served as ANC's chief negotiator. He also played a crucial role in ending apartheid and was considered Nelson Mandela's political heir.