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List of famous politicians from South Africa, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of popular South African politicians includes members of the government who are either active or inactive, some of who might even now be dead. These are some of the most well-known South African politicians of all time, so if you're a native of South Africa and want to work for your country then these are the people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular politician from South Africa, then use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Items on this list include Harry Schwarz and Archibold Figlan.

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Abba Eban is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Died at 87 (1915-2002) Abba Eban was an Israeli diplomat and politician, and a scholar of the Arabic and Hebrew languages. In his career he was Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister, Education Minister, Deputy Prime ...more

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Abraham Fischer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Died at 63 (1850-1913) Abraham Fischer was a South African statesman. He was the sole Prime Minister of the Orange River Colony in South Africa, and when that ceased to exist joined the cabinet of the newly formed ...more

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Adelaide Tambo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Died at 78 (1929-2007) Adelaide "Mama" Tambo SCOB was a prominent anti-apartheid activist, political exile, and regarded as a hero of the liberation struggle against apartheid in South Africa. Born as ...more

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Albert Fritz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Albert Fritz Albert Fritz is a South African politician, currently Minister of Social Development in the government of the Western Cape province of South Africa. He is a member of the Democratic Alliance.

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Allan Boesak is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
age 73 Allan Aubrey Boesak is a South African Dutch Reformed Church cleric and politician and anti-apartheid activist. He was sentenced to prison for fraud in 1999 but was subsequently granted an ...more

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Alwyn Schlebusch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Alwyn Schlebusch Died at 91 (1917-2008) Alwyn Louis Schlebusch was the only holder of the title Vice State President of South Africa from 1 January 1981 to 14 September 1984. He was an Afrikaner with a surname of German origin. He was ...more

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Amichand Rajbansi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Amichand Rajbansi Died at 69 (1942-2011) Amichand Rajbansi was a South African politician. He was a former Chief Minister of the House of Delegates Tricameral parliamentary chamber for Indian people, and leader of the Minority Front. ...more

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Amos Masondo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
age 65 Amos Masondo was the mayor of the city of Johannesburg, South Africa, between December 2000 and 2011. He is a member of the African National Congress, and was the first elected mayor of the ...more

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Anchen Dreyer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Anchen Dreyer age 66 Anchen Margaretha Dreyer is a South African politician, a Member of Parliament for the opposition Democratic Alliance, and currently the Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance Caucus in the ...more

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Andrew Louw is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Andrew Louw Andrew Louw is a South African politician, and the provincial leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance in the Northern Cape and a member of the Provincial legislature. He is the former ...more

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Andries Pretorius is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Andries Pretorius Died at 55 (1798-1853) Andries Wilhelmus Jacobus Pretorius was a leader of the Boers who was instrumental in the creation of the South African Republic, as well as the earlier but short-lived Natalia Republic, in ...more

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Annelie Lotriet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Annelie Lotriet Prof. Annelie Lotriet MP is a South African politician, a Member of Parliament with the Democratic Alliance, and the Shadow Minister of Science and Technology. She is also the provincial ...more

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Annette Lovemore is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Annette Lovemore age 60 Annette Lovemore is a South African politician, a Member of Parliament with the Democratic Alliance, and the Shadow Minister of Basic Education. She served as a Councillor in the Nelson Mandela ...more

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Archibold Figlan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Archibold Figlan Archibold Figlan is a South African politician, currently a Member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament with the Democratic Alliance. He was previously a member of national Parliament, and ...more

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Arthur Chaskalson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Died at 81 (1931-2012) Arthur Chaskalson SCOB, was President of the Constitutional Court of South Africa from 1994 to 2001 and Chief Justice of South Africa from 2001 to 2005. Chaskalson was a member of the defence ...more

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B. J. Vorster is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Died at 68 (1915-1983) Balthazar Johannes Vorster, better known as John Vorster, served as the Prime Minister of South Africa from 1966 to 1978 and as the fourth State President of South Africa from 1978 to 1979. ...more

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Baleka Mbete is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
age 69 Baleka Mbete, also known as Baleka Mbete-Kgositsile, is a South African politician who has been Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa since 21 May 2014. Previously she was Speaker of ...more

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Bantu Holomisa is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
age 63 Bantubonke Harrington Holomisa is a South African Member of Parliament and President of the United Democratic Movement. Holomisa was born in Mqanduli, Eastern Cape. He joined the Transkei ...more

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Bathabile Dlamini is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Bathabile Dlamini age 47 Bathabile Dlamini is a South African politician. A member of the African National Congress, Dlamini is a member of the National Assembly and was chosen by President Jacob Zuma as the Minister of ...more

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Blade Nzimande is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
age 60 Dr. Bonginkosi Emmanuel "Blade" Nzimande is a South African politician who has been Minister for Higher Education and Training since 2009. He has been the General Secretary of the ...more

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Brigitte Mabandla is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Brigitte Mabandla age 70 Brigitte Sylvia Mabandla is a member of the African National Congress' National Executive Council, she was formerly the South African minister of public enterprises; minister of justice and ...more

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Butch Steyn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Butch Steyn Arron Cecil "Butch" Steyn is a South African politician, currently a Member of Parliament with the Democratic Alliance, and the Shadow Minister of Human Settlements from 2004 to 2012.

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Catherine Taylor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Catherine Taylor Died at 78 (1914-1992) Catherine Dorothea Taylor was a South African politician. She was the Member of Parliament for Wynberg, Cape Town until she resigned from the United Party in 1974. Taylor was a United MP for ...more

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Cecil Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Died at 49 (1853-1902) The Rt Hon Cecil John Rhodes DCL was a British businessman, mining magnate, and politician in South Africa. An ardent believer in British colonialism, Rhodes was the founder of the southern ...more

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Charles Groves Wright Anderson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Died at 91 (1897-1988) Charles Groves Wright Anderson VC, MC was a South African-born, Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, a member of the Australian House of Representatives, and a farmer. After growing up in ...more

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Chris Hani is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Died at 51 (1942-1993) Chris Hani, born Martin Thembisile Hani was the leader of the South African Communist Party and chief of staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress. He was a ...more

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Daniel François Malan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Died at 85 (1874-1959) Daniel François Malan, more commonly known as D. F. Malan, was the Prime Minister of South Africa from 1948 to 1954. He is seen as a champion of Afrikaner nationalism. His National Party ...more

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Danny Jordaan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Danny Jordaan age 67 Daniel Alexander "Danny" Jordaan is the current president of the South African Football Association as well as a former lecturer, politician and anti-apartheid activist. He led South ...more

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David Maynier is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
age 50 David Maynier is a South African politician, currently the Shadow Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, and a Member of Parliament for the opposition Democratic Alliance.

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Dawie de Villiers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Dawie de Villiers age 78 David Jacobus de Villiers, born on 10 July 1940 in Burgersdorp, Cape Province, was a South African Government minister and a former Springbok rugby captain.

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Dene Smuts is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Dene Smuts Dene Smuts is a former Member of the South African Parliament for the Democratic Alliance and former Shadow Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development.

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Denis Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Denis Goldberg age 85 Denis Goldberg is a South African social campaigner, who was active in the struggle against apartheid and was imprisoned along with other key members of the anti-apartheid movement. Denis ...more

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Denise Robinson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Denise Robinson Denise Robinson is a South African politician, currently a Member of Parliament with the Democratic Alliance, and the Shadow Minister of Women in the Presidency

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Derek Hanekom is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Derek Hanekom age 65 Derek Andre Hanekom is the South African Minister of Tourism serving as of 25 May 2014. He previously served as Minister of Science and Technology from 2012-2014. He was Deputy Minister of ...more

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Dianne Kohler Barnard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Dianne Kohler Barnard age 63 Dianne Kohler Barnard is a South African politician and former journalist, currently South Africa's Shadow Minister of Police, and a Member of Parliament for the Democratic Alliance. She was ...more

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Dion George is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Dion George Dr. Dion George MP is a South African economist and politician, the Shadow Minister of Finance, and a Member of Parliament for the opposition Democratic Alliance.

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Dipuo Peters is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Dipuo Peters age 58 Elizabeth Dipuo Peters is the Minister of Transport of the Republic of South Africa, in the Zuma administration, and former Minister of Energy from 2009-2013 having served as successor to Manne ...more

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Donald Lee is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Donald Lee Donald Lee is a South African politician, the Shadow Minister of Sport and Recreation from 1999 to 2012, and a Member of Parliament for the opposition Democratic Alliance.

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Ebrahim Rasool is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
age 56 Ebrahim Rasool is a South African politician who also served as the South African Ambassador to the United States. between 2010 and 2015. He was replaced by H.E. Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu who ...more

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Edna Molewa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Edna Molewa age 61 Bomo Edna Molewa, known as Edna Molewa, is a South African politician. Molewa became the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs of South Africa on 31 October 2010, as part of a cabinet ...more

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Ela Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
age 78 Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, is a peace activist and was a Member of Parliament in South Africa from 1994 to 2004, where she aligned with the African National Congress party ...more

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Ellen Kuzwayo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Died at 92 (1914-2006) Nnoseng Ellen Kate Kuzwayo was a women's rights activist and politician in South Africa. She was president of the African National Congress Youth League in the 1960s. In 1994 she was elected to ...more

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Emmah More is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Emmah More Emmah More is a South African politician and former Shadow Deputy Minister of Social Development.

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Erik Marais is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Erik Marais Erik Marais is a South African politician, currently a Member of Parliament with the Democratic Alliance, and the Shadow Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises.

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Eugène Terre'Blanche is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Died at 69 (1941-2010) Eugène Ney Terre'Blanche was a South African politician who was the founder and leader of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging. Prior to the AWB, Terre'Blanche served as a South African ...more

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Fatima Hajaig is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Fatima Hajaig age 80 Fatima Hajaig is a South African politician, with the ruling African National Congress. She is a member of the African Union's Pan-African Parliament from South Africa. She used to be ...more

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Fatima Meer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Died at 82 (1928-2010) Fatima Meer was a South African writer, academic, screenwriter, and prominent anti-apartheid activist.

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Fikile Mbalula is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Fikile Mbalula age 47 Fikile Mbalula is the Minister of Sport and Recreation in the Cabinet of South Africa, a former deputy minister of police, a member of the national executive committee of the African National ...more

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Francis William Reitz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Died at 90 (1844-1934) Francis William Reitz, Jr. was a South African lawyer, politician, statesman, publicist and poet, member of parliament of the Cape Colony, Chief Justice and fifth State President of the Orange ...more

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Frederik Willem de Klerk is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
age 82 Frederik Willem de Klerk is a South African politician who served as the country's State President from September 1989 to May 1994. He was the seventh and last head of state of South Africa ...more