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Famous Politicians from South Africa

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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.

You can click on the names of these renowned politicians of South Africa in order to get more information about each one.
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Abba Eban is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Dec. at 87 (1915-2002)

Birthplace: South Africa, Cape Town

Nationality: Israel, South Africa

Abba Eban ( (listen); Hebrew: אבא אבן [ˈʔaba ˈʔeven]; born Aubrey Solomon Meir Eban; later adopted Abba Solomon Meir Eban; 2 February 1915 – 17 November 2002) was an Israeli diplomat and ...more
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Abraham Fischer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Dec. at 63 (1850-1913)

Birthplace: Green Point, Cape Town

Nationality: South Africa

Abraham Fischer (4 September 1850 – 16 November 1913) 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 ...more
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Adelaide Tambo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Dec. at 78 (1929-2007)

Birthplace: Vereeniging, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Adelaide "Mama" Tambo (18 July 1929 – 31 January 2007) was a prominent anti-apartheid activist, political exile, and regarded as a hero of the liberation struggle against apartheid in ...more
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Albert Fritz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Albert Fritz

Birthplace: South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Albert Theo Fritz is a South African politician and lawyer. He is currently serving as the Western Cape Provincial Minister of Community Safety. He previously held the post from 2010 to 2011. He ...more
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Allan Boesak is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Age: 74

Birthplace: Kakamas, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Allan Aubrey Boesak (born 23 February 1946) 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 ...more
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Alwyn Schlebusch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Alwyn Schlebusch Dec. at 91 (1917-2008)

Birthplace: Lady Grey, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Alwyn Louis Schlebusch (16 September 1917 – 7 January 2008) was a South African politician, the only holder of the title Vice State President of South Africa from 1 January 1981 to 14 September ...more
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Amichand Rajbansi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Amichand Rajbansi Dec. at 69 (1942-2011)

Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Amichand Rajbansi (14 January 1942 – 29 December 2011) was a South African politician. He was a former Chief Minister of the House of Delegates Tricameral parliamentary chamber for Indian ...more
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Amos Masondo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Age: 66

Birthplace: Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Amos Masondo (born 21 April 1953 in Louwsburg) 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 ...more
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Anchen Dreyer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Anchen Dreyer Age: 67

Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Anchen Margaretha Dreyer (born 27 March 1952) is a South African politician, a Member of Parliament for the opposition Democratic Alliance, and former Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance ...more
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Andrew Louw is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Andrew Louw

Birthplace: South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Andrew Louw (born 28 August 1969) is a South African politician. He is currently serving as the Leader of the Opposition in the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature and the Provincial Leader of ...more
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Andries Pretorius is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Andries Pretorius Dec. at 55 (1798-1853)

Birthplace: Graaff-Reinet, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Andries Wilhelmus Jacobus Pretorius (27 November 1798 – 23 July 1853) was a leader of the Boers who was instrumental in the creation of the South African Republic, as well as the earlier but ...more
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Annelie Lotriet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Annelie Lotriet

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Prof. Annelie Lotriet MP is a South African politician, a Member of Parliament with the Democratic Alliance (DA), 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: 61

Birthplace: South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Annette Lovemore is a South African politician for the Democratic Alliance (DA), and the mayoral committee member (MMC) of infrastructure and engineering in the Nelson Mandela Bay coalition ...more
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Archibold Figlan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Archibold Figlan

Birthplace: South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

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
Dec. at 81 (1931-2012)

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Arthur Chaskalson SCOB, (24 November 1931 – 1 December 2012) was President of the Constitutional Court of South Africa from 1994 to 2001 and Chief Justice of South Africa from 2001 to 2005. ...more
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B. J. Vorster is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Dec. at 68 (1915-1983)

Birthplace: Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Balthazar Johannes "B. J." Vorster (Afrikaans pronunciation: [ˈbaltɑːzar jʊəˈhanəs ˈfɔrstər]; 13 December 1915 – 10 September 1983), served as the Prime Minister of South Africa from ...more
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Baleka Mbete is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Age: 70

Birthplace: Transvaal Province, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Baleka Mbete (born 24 September 1949) is a South African politician who served as the Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa from May 2014 to May 2019. She was previously Speaker of ...more
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Bantu Holomisa is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Age: 64

Birthplace: Eastern Cape, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Bantubonke Harrington Holomisa (born 25 July 1955) is a South African Member of Parliament and President of the United Democratic Movement.Holomisa was born in Mqanduli, Eastern Cape. He joined ...more
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Bathabile Dlamini is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Bathabile Dlamini Age: 47

Birthplace: Amanzimtoti, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Bathabile Olive Dlamini MP, (born 10 September 1962, Nquthu, KwaZulu-Natal) is the leader of the African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL). She was previously the Minister of Women in the ...more
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Blade Nzimande is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Age: 61

Birthplace: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Bonginkosi Emmanuel "Blade" Nzimande (born 14 April 1958 in Edendale near Pietermaritzburg) is a South African politician and Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology. He ...more
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Brigitte Mabandla is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Brigitte Mabandla Age: 71

Nationality: South Africa

Brigitte Sylvia Mabandla (born 23 November 1948) is a member of the African National Congress' National Executive Council, she was formerly the South African minister of public enterprises; ...more
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Butch Steyn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Butch Steyn

Birthplace: South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

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 Dec. at 78 (1914-1992)

Nationality: South Africa

Catherine Dorothea Taylor (4 February 1914 in Birmingham, England – 9 April 1992 in Cape Town) was a South African politician. She was the Member of Parliament for Wynberg, Cape Town until she ...more
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Cecil Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Dec. at 49 (1853-1902)

Birthplace: Bishop's Stortford, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, South Africa

Cecil John Rhodes (5 July 1853 – 26 March 1902) was a British businessman, mining magnate and politician in southern Africa who served as Prime Minister of the Cape Colony from 1890 to 1896. An ...more

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Charles Groves Wright An... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Politicians from South Africa
Dec. at 91 (1897-1988)

Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa

Nationality: Australia, South Africa

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Groves Wright Anderson, VC, MC (12 February 1897 – 11 November 1988) was a South African-born soldier, Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, a member of the ...more