South Africans worth knowing about

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Stephen Bantu Biko (Dec 1946-Sept 1977)

Stephen Bantu Biko, an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa in the and A student leader, he later founded the Black Consciousness Movement which would empower and mobilize much of the urban black population.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

"The tumultuous life story of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of Nelson Mandela and flawed icon of the struggle against racial apartheid,.

Bram Fischer

Jane Rosenthal picks ­potential prize-winners from last year's crop of South African books.

Alan Paton, author of "Cry, the Beloved Country"

Alan Paton Alan Stewart Paton January 1903 – 12 April was a South African author and anti-apartheid activist

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki (left) with Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert when Mbeki was a leader of an African National Congress delegation.

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki (left) with Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert when Mbeki was a leader of an African National Congress delegation.

Nadine Gordimer

“Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area.

Justice Edwin Cameron

Cameron served as a Supreme Court of Appeal judge from 2000 to He was the first senior South African official to state publicly that he was living with HIV/AIDS

Miriam Makeba

Miriam Makeba

Victoria Mxenge

Victoria Mxenge was a South African nurse, midwife, lawyer, anti-apartheid activist and prominent member of the Natal Organization of Women. She was assassinated in

Natalie Du Toit

Natalie Du Toit : in Beijing, she became the first disabled swimmer to compete in the able- bodied Olympic games, and she put forth a representable performance.

Joe and Ruth Slovo

Joe Slovo and Wife Ruth First_Key ally Jewish family to the African National Congress in its struggle to overthrow the South African apartheid government.

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