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List of famous alumni from University of Fort Hare, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of Fort Hare include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of Fort Hare alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of Fort Hare are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from University of Fort Hare.

List is made up of a variety of graduates, including Nelson Mandela and Robert Mugabe.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Fort Hare?” and “Which celebrities are University of Fort Hare alumni?”

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Nelson Mandela is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Nelson Mandela Statesman, Politician, Peace activist Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa's first ...more

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Robert Mugabe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Robert Mugabe Politician Robert Gabriel Mugabe is the current President of Zimbabwe, serving since 31 December 1987. As one of the leaders of the rebel groups against white minority rule, he was elected as Prime ...more

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Chris Hani is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Chris Hani Politician 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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Seretse Khama is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Seretse Khama Politician, Barrister, Democracy activist Sir Seretse Goitsebeng Maphiri Khama, KBE was a statesman from Botswana. Born into one of the more powerful of the royal families of what was then the British Protectorate of Bechuanaland, and ...more

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Manto Tshabalala-Msimang is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Manto Tshabalala-Msimang Politician Dr. Mantombazana 'Manto' Edmie Tshabalala-Msimang was a South African politician. She was Deputy Minister of Justice from 1996 to 1999 and controversially served as Minister of Health from 1999 ...more

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Oliver Tambo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Oliver Tambo Politician Oliver Reginald Tambo was a South African anti-apartheid politician and a central figure in the African National Congress.

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Barney Pityana is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Barney Pityana Lawyer Nyameko Barney Pityana FKC is a human rights lawyer and theologian in South Africa. He is an exponent of Black theology.

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Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri Politician Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri was a South African politician. She was the country's Minister of Communications from 1999 until her death. Matsepe-Casaburri was born in Kroonstad in the then Orange Free ...more

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Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah Anthropologist Pumla Makaziwe "Maki" Mandela-Amuah is the daughter of Nelson Mandela and his first wife Evelyn Mase. She was named after her older sister, born in 1947, who died aged just nine ...more

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Robert Sobukwe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Robert Sobukwe Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe was a South African political dissident, who founded the Pan Africanist Congress in opposition to South Africa under apartheid. In 2004 Sobukwe was voted 42nd in the ...more

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Z. K. Matthews is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Z. K. Matthews Politician Zachariah Keodirelang "ZK" Matthews was a prominent black academic in South Africa, lecturing at South African Native College, where many future leaders of the African continent were ...more

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Dennis Brutus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Dennis Brutus Poet, Professor Dennis Vincent Brutus was a South African activist, educator, journalist and poet best known for his campaign to have apartheid South Africa banned from the Olympic Games.

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Govan Mbeki is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Govan Mbeki Activist, Politician Govan Archibald Mvuyelwa Mbeki was a South African politician, and father of the former South African president Thabo Mbeki and political economist Moeletsi Mbeki. He attended Fort Hare ...more

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Mangosuthu Buthelezi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Mangosuthu Buthelezi Politician Mangosuthu Buthelezi is a South African politician who founded the Inkatha Freedom Party in 1975 and the former prime minister of the KwaZulu bantustan. His praise name is Shenge. Throughout ...more

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Bulelani Ngcuka is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Bulelani Ngcuka Politician, Lawyer Bulelani T Ngcuka was the first national Director of Public Prosecutions in South Africa, and is the husband of former Deputy President of South Africa Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. He was embroiled ...more

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Can Themba is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Can Themba Journalist, Writer Daniel Canodoce "Can" Themba was a South African short-story writer.

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Mhlobo Jadezweni is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Mhlobo Jadezweni Mhlobo Jadezweni is a South African academic. He has degrees from the University of Fort Hare and Stellenbosch University. He has been attached to the Department of African Languages at ...more

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Frank Mdlalose is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Frank Mdlalose Politician Dr Frank Themba Mdlalose was the first Premier of the newly renamed KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa, after the African National Congress won the country's first all-inclusive general ...more

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Irvin Khoza is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Irvin Khoza Irvin Khoza is a South African soccer administrator. Nicknamed "Iron Duke / Squveve", he is the Chairman of Orlando Pirates Football Club, Chairman of the South African Premier Soccer ...more

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Joseph Diescho is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Joseph Diescho Professor, Writer Joseph Diescho is a Namibian writer and political analyst. In 1988, he wrote Born of the Sun, the first novel by a native-born Namibian author.

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Joe Matthews is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Joe Matthews Vincent Joseph Gaobakwe Matthews was a South African activist and politician. Matthews was the son of Z. K. Matthews, an early leader of the African National Congress. He was born on 17 June ...more

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Tichafa Samuel Parirenyatwa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Tichafa Samuel Parirenyatwa Physician Tichafa Samuel Parirenyatwa was Zimbabwe's first trained black physician, medical doctor and the first Vice-President of the Zimbabwe African People's Union. He rose to prominence during ZAPU's ...more

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Mandla Langa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Mandla Langa Mandla Langa is a South African poet, short story writer, and novelist. He grew up in KwaMashu township. His novel The Lost Colours of the Chameleon won the 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. ...more

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Noxolo Kiviet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Fort Hare Alumni
Noxolo Kiviet Politician Noxolo Kiviet is a South African politician, and has been the Premier of the Eastern Cape since 6 May 2009. She is the former speaker of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature. She is also a ...more