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List Rules People on this list must have gone to University of South Africa and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from University of South Africa, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of South Africa include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of South Africa alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of South Africa 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 South Africa.

This list includes Nelson Mandela, Robert Mugabe and more.

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

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Nelson Mandela is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
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 South Africa Alumni
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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Edwin Cameron is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Judge, Writer, Lawyer Edwin Cameron is a Justice of South Africa’s highest court, the Constitutional Court. He is also well known for his HIV/AIDS and gay-rights activism.

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Desmond Tutu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Priest Desmond Mpilo Tutu is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. He was the first black ...more

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Niel van der Watt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Composer, Teacher Niel van der Watt is a South African composer. Well known for his choral compositions, he has also established himself as a leading composer of chamber music.

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Oliver Tambo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
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 South Africa Alumni
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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Thabo Mbeki is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Politician Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki is a South African politician who served nine years as the second post-apartheid President of South Africa from 14 June 1999 to 24 September 2008. On 20 September 2008, with ...more

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Nabeel Jabbour is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Lecturer, Author Nabeel T. Jabbour is an author, lecturer, and expert on Muslim culture. Dr. Jabbour's background includes two perspectives—that of the Arab/Muslim world and of the Western/Christian world. He ...more

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Ezekiel Mphahlele is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Writer Es'kia Mphahlele was a South African writer, educationist, artist and activist. He was born Ezekiel Mphahlele but changed his name to Es'kia in 1977. He is celebrated as the Father of African ...more

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Rob Adam is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Rob Adam Dr Robert Martin Adam is Group Executive: Nuclear at the Aveng Group. Prior to his appointment at Aveng in 2012, he was the chief-executive officer of the South African Nuclear Energy ...more

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Kader Asmal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Politician, Professor Abdul Kader Asmal was a South African politician. He was a professor of human rights at the University of the Western Cape, chairman of the council of the University of the North and ...more

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Tokyo Sexwale is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Tokyo Sexwale Businessperson, Politician Mosima Gabriel "Tokyo" Sexwale, is a South African businessman, politician, anti-apartheid activist, and former political prisoner. A charismatic leader, Sexwale was imprisoned on ...more

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Ergun Caner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Ergun Caner Professor Ergun Michael Caner is a Swedish-American academic, author, and Baptist minister, who became well known for his book, co-authored with his brother, on Islam and his claims that he was a devout ...more

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Jean-Bertrand Aristide is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Priest Jean-Bertrand Aristide is a Haitian former Catholic priest of the Salesian order and politician who served as Haiti's first democratically elected president. A proponent of liberation theology, ...more

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John G. Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
John G. Parker Businessperson John G. Parker is executive vice president, Asia Pacific and Africa, effective September 2007.

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Pius Langa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Pius Langa Judge Pius Nkonzo Langa SCOB was previously Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He was appointed to the bench in 1994 by Nelson Mandela, he became Deputy Chief Justice in 2001 ...more

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Yunus Mohamed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Yunus Mohamed Politician Yunus "YM" Mohamed was a South African lawyer and activist instrumental in founding the United Democratic Front. Mohamed was born in Johannesburg to Amina and Ismail Mohamed, one of at ...more

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Chris Miles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Christopher Gordon "Chris" Miles was an Australian politician. Born in Ulverstone, Tasmania, he was educated at the University of Tasmania and then the University of South Africa, ...more

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Sindiwe Magona is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Writer Sindiwe Magona is a South African writer.

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George Alan Rekers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Psychologist George Alan Rekers is an American psychologist and ordained Southern Baptist minister. He is emeritus professor of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of South Carolina ...more

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J. David Lewis-Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
J. David Lewis-Williams James David Lewis-Williams is a South African scholar. He was born in Cape Town in 1934. He is best known for his research on southern African San rock art, of which it can be said that he found ...more

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Ed Hindson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Ed Hindson Writer Ed Hindson is an American Christian evangelist and current host of The King Is Coming, a syndicated television broadcast shown across the United States. Hindson has written more than twenty ...more

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Leon Louw is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Activist, Lawyer Leon Louw is a South African intellectual, author, speaker and policy advisor. He is the executive director and cofounder of the Free Market Foundation, a Nonprofit organisation and 3rd ranked ...more

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Wim Richter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Wim Richter Dr. Paul Wilhelm Richter is a South African chemist and principal researcher involved in bioceramic research activities. He is most widely known for his development of the bioceramic ...more

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Georgia Papageorge is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Georgia Papageorge Georgia Papageorge is a South African installation artist active in the field of earth art. A native of Simon's Town, Cape Province, Papageorge earned her bachelor's degree in fine arts from the ...more

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John Sanders is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
John Sanders John E. Sanders is an American Christian theologian. He currently serves as professor of religious studies at Hendrix College. Sanders is best known for his promotion of open theism but he has ...more

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Michael Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Michael William Sutherland is an Australian politician who is the current Speaker of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly. He has been a Liberal member of the Western Australian ...more

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Christoffel Golden Jr. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Christoffel Golden Jr. Christoffel Golden Jr. has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2001. Golden was the first resident of Africa to become a general authority of the ...more

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Cyril Ramaphosa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Cyril Ramaphosa Businessperson, Politician Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa is a South African politician, businessman, activist, and trade union leader who has served as the Deputy President under President Jacob Zuma since 2014. He was elected ...more

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Vinny Lingham is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Vinny Lingham Businessperson Vinny Lingham is a South African Internet entrepreneur who is the co-founder & CEO of Gyft - a mobile gift card company, backed by Google Ventures. He was also previously the founder and CEO ...more

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Sphephelo Mayaba is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Sphephelo Mayaba Sphephelo Mayaba is a South African rugby union player, currently playing for KwaZulu-Natal club side College Rovers. He was born in Pietermaritzburg and was included in the Natal Sharks squad ...more

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Julius Malema is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Politician Julius Sello Malema is the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, a South African political party, which he founded in July 2013. He previously served as President of the African National ...more

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Andries Bekker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Rugby Player Andries Bekker is a South African rugby union player for the Springbok rugby team as well as Kobelco Steelers in the Japanese Top League. Bekker made his South African debut in 2008 against ...more

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Gill Marcus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Gill Marcus Gill Marcus was the ninth Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, the first woman to hold the position.

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Membathisi Mdladlana is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Membathisi Mdladlana Membathisi Mdladlana is a South African politician. He is the South African ambassador to Canada as at November 2012.

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Ahmed Essop is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Ahmed Essop was born in 1931 in India but grew up in Johannesburg. He attended the University of South Africa where he obtained a BA in 1956 and later an honours degree. Employed as a teacher ...more

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Hendrick Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Hendrick Schmidt Advocate Hendrick Schmidt is a South African politician, a Member of Parliament with the Democratic Alliance, and the Shadow Deputy Minister of Mining.

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James Mbowe Nyondo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
James Mbowe Nyondo James Mbowe Nyondo is a Malawian lawyer, development worker, and presidential candidate. He was born on 14 May 1968 in Chitipa, Malawi.

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Edna Molewa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Edna Molewa Politician 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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Gwede Mantashe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of South Africa Alumni
Gwede Mantashe Gwede Mantashe is a South African politician, who currently serves as the Secretary General of the African National Congress. He is also a former chairperson of the South African Communist