|Last name||First name||Synopsis||Date of birth||Date of death|
Organiser of the African National Congress (ANC) Women’s League and Trade Unionist.
Member of the ANC and SACTU, banished person
A Khoikhoi woman
Political prisoner, participated in the Indian and South African liberation struggles, journalist, member of the Natal Indian Youth Congress, Natal Indian Congress, African National Congress and uMkhonto weSizwe, Robben Island prisoner, banned person
Member of COSAS and ANC, Robben Island political prisoner, Secretary of the Central House Committee (UWC), Mayor and Local Municipal Manager.
|21 September 1964||May 2012|
Cricketer, Medical Doctor and South African Administrator of the United Cricket Board.
Academic, author, Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University, the first black South African to hold this post in 102 years, Editor of Grassroots community newspaper, Program Director: International Higher Education & Strategic Projects, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (New York, USA)
|29 August 1957|
Eastern Cape Journalist, particularly known for his journalism that helped to put major trade unions, along with the PE Black Civic Organisation (Pebco) and the Congress of SA Students (Cosas), on the national political map (1970s)
|circa 1937||November 2002|
|Badsha||Ebrahim||13 March 1931||27 September 2003|
A self-taught, award winning artist and photographer. Badsha played an active role in the South African liberation struggle, as a cultural and political activist and trade union leader.
|27 June 1945|
Founder of Drum magazine (1950) and The Golden City Post (1955), author, historian, poet and RAF pilot
Marine and Portrait Painter
|27- November-1820||08- May-1875|
political activist, shop steward for the National Garment Workersof the SACP, exiled person
|9 June 1862||4 February 1946|
civil rights lawyer, member of the South African Communist Party and African National Congress, political prisoner, banned person and exile
anti-apartheid activist, trade unionist, arrested, General Secretary of the African Food and Canning Workers Union, banned
Politician, Premier of the Eastern Cape Province and former Minister of Sport and Art and Culture in the Eastern Cape Province.
Dutch typographer, calligrapher, author and book publisher
Ballinger was a trade union organizer, member of the Joint Council movement, a representative of Africans in the Senate, and a founder of the Liberal Party.
|Baloi||Margareth||8 August 1936||2001|
Member of the Atlantic Charter Committee, Treasurer-general of the ANC, vice-president of the Non-European United Front and businessperson
Head of Independent Electoral Commission
Judge-President of the Lands Claim Court; Member of the Eastern Cape Bar; Member of Independent Mediation Services of South Africa; Member of Eastern Cape Society of Advocates and Johannesburg Bar Council; political prisoner on Robben Island.
Member of the Black Consciousness Movement, Medical doctor
Trade unionist, President of Cosatu.
Banned political activist, Bardien was involved in the Unity Movement, Coloured Affairs Department (CAD) and South African Coloured People's Organisation (SACPO)
Trade Unionist, member of the East London Worker’s Civic League and Secretary of the Congress of Democrats (CoD) in 1954. Barenblatt was arrested on charges of treason in 1956, detained during the state of emergency in 1960 and banned in 1962. Sh
businessman, politician, community worker, member of the Cape Indian Congress, elected Cape Province representative on the executive of the South African Indian Congress (SAIC) and joint secretary of the SAIC
Famous cardiac surgeon
|8 November 1922||2 September 2001|
South African Randlord and entrepreneur.
Artist and photographer
|Barrymore||Maritz||1928||8 December 1994|
1956 Treason Trialist and member of the SACP
|Barsel (nee Levin)||Esther||Political activist, worked with SACTU and a member of the Young Communist League (YCL) and the South African Communist Party (SACP), one of the accused in the Bram Fischer Trial||17 October 1924||6 October 2008|
Political activist, lawyer, journalist member of the SACP
Estate agent and Community leader
|11 August 1925||1983|
A member of the Liberal Party of South Africa (LPSA)
Politician and British Colonial Officer
|6-January-1906||20 August 1982|
A member of the Liberal Party of South Africa (LPSA). Banned by the apartheid government.
Chairman of the Natives Land Commission, member of the, South African National Party and Judge at the Natal Supreme Court.
|24 February 1851||c. 1930|
Author, ethnologist and advertising executive
|Bell||Terence||Journalist, author, social activist, teacher, educator, broadcaster, political prisoner, banned person, exile, member of the NAYF, COD, ANC, ANCYL, responsible for setting up the primary division of SOMAFCO in Tanzania, responsible for Friends of Moses Mayekiso campaign.||12 September 1942|
High school principal, Vice Chancellor at the University of Fort Hare, Secretary-General of the Inkatha Freeom Party, Minister of Education
|Benjamin||Pixie||Organizer of the 1956’s Women’s March, Charged, Arrested and Banned for Distributing Illegal Literature under the Suppression of Communism Act and aiding ANC activists.||1976|
Author, journalist, anti-apartheid activist, co-founded the Africa Bureau, first person to record the ANC’s history
Medical doctor, lecturer at Wits University, inventor of the first instantaneous X-ray, photographer, photographic historian, founder member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of South Africa, (now the SA College of Medicine), secretary of the S
South African Painter and fine artist living in Swaziland
|Bernadt (nee Alkin)||Jean||
Member of the CPSA, member of the National Council of Women, the Congress of Democrats, the Federation of South African Women and Black Sash.
Member of the South African Labour Party League of Youth and the South African Communist Party, founding member of the Federation of South African Women, one of the organisers of the Women's March to the Union Buildings that took place on the 9th
Writer, Political Activist, Architect, SACP and MK member, banned person, politcal prisoner, exile, recipient of The Order of Luthuli in Gold.
Lawyer in the 1963-1964 Rivonia Trail
Banned person, member of the Springbok Legion and the South African Communist Party, human rights advocate, Queens Counsel and recipient of the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo in Silver.
|25 November 1900||14 September 1983September 1972|
Political Activist and Trade unionist (1960's)
|29 February 1956|
National organiser for the Labour Party, in 1952, President of the Congress of Democrats, President of the South African Congress of Trade Unions, 1956 Treason trialist, member of the South African Communist Party.
Attorney and Political Activist
Founder member of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), political detainee
|08 November 1934||26 December 2010|
Political Activist and ANC member
Former secretary of Natal Indian Youth Congress
An American volunteer who was killed just before the 1994 democratic elections.
|26 April 1967||25 August 1993|
Teacher, journalist, awarded the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver for his contribution to journalism and literature and as an important social commentator
Member of the SRC at University of Natal (Non-European section), first president of SASO, Chair of SASO Publications, Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) leader, banned person, political prisoner, killed in police detention
|Bizos||George||Advocate,Human Rights lawyer, Senior Counsel at the Legal Resources Centre in Johannesburg in the Constitutional Unit, member of the Board of Trustees of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at the University of Witwatersrand, Judge of the Botswana Court of Appeal, one of the architects of South Africa’s democratic constitution, author||15 November 1927||9 September 2020|
Dentist, Heart transplant recipient and a Captain of the South African Army Medical Corps during the Second world War.
|1909||17 August 1969|
Novelist, prize-fighter, journalist, actor and South Africa’s first professional playwright.
South African political activist.
Clergyman, political activist, teacher and pacifist
|Blayi||Thomas||1927||7 October 1961|
|Blayi||Nyamalipeli||1895||7 October 1961|
|Blayi||Hlati||1898||7 October 1961|
A member of the Liberal Party of South Africa (LPSA). Banned by the apartheid government.
Physiotherapist, political prisoner
Anti-apartheid activist, leader of the World Alliance of Churches and patron of the United Democratic Front (UDF).
Teacher, member of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League. Bokala was active in the 1952 Defiance Campaign, the 1959 “Stay at Home” campaign in 1959, and was detained during the State of Emergency in 1960. He was a founding membe
Journalist, Minister and Musician
Educator, physician and politician
General Secretary of the Garment Workers’ Industrial Union (GWIU), Secretary of the Furniture Workers` Industrial Union and the Textile Workers’ Industrial Union, a member of the general council of the International Textile, Garment and Lea
Trade unionist, political activist, political prisoner, founder member and Chair of the Coloured Labour Party in Natal, Vice-Chair of the Durban Housing Action Committee, Vice-Chair of the United Democratic Front, was instrumental in establishing the C
Political activist, political prisoner and nurse.
Teacher, who was resistant to the Boputhatswana Homeland government and arrested on several occasions, appointed District Manager of Education in Rustenburg in 1994.
Education activist, community leader and important Transvaal African National Congress (ANC) figure until his banning in the mid-1950s.
ANC political activist and civic leader tortured and killed in police custody.
Member of Parliament. Vice Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, author, Recipient of the South Government's National Award in 2014
|10 January 1931||5 December 2018|
frade unionist, President of Cosatu.
SACP, SACTU, ANC and MK member
Academic and Afrikaner cultural leader
|9 November 1927||16 March 2011|
|Boshomane||Amos||27 February 1988|
Boer general and statesman
|27 September 1862||27 August 1919|
|Botha||Tozamile||15 June 1950|
|22 September 1952|
|Botha||Elize||author, literator, journalist, editor, academic, first woman to become Chancellor of the University of Stellenbosch||19-November-1930||16-November-2007|
Law Adviser of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Member of Parliament and Minister of Foreign Affairs in South Africa
|27-April-1932||12 October 2018|
Pieter Willem Botha commonly known as "PW" an
|12 January 1916||31 October 2006|
Political detainee, academic, author, minister of religion, theologian, thinker, President of the South African Council of Churches, first black Rector and Vice Chancellor of the University Of Stellenbosch.
|Bottoman||Wonga||28 April 1961|
Acting Governor of the Cape Colony
|4 May 1777||13 August 1855|
Musician, composer, lecturer and author
|Boxall||Dorothy Ruth||music lecturer, founder of the Young Citizen’s Orchestra, served on executive council of the Johannesburg Music Society, adjudicator, member of the Music Committee of the School Teachers’ Music Association, served on the Research and Education Committee of the South African Society of Music Teachers, and was twice chairwoman of the Witwatersrand University Musical Society.||19-July-1895||23-December-1951|
Artist and founder member of Zululand Society of Arts
Dutch anti apartheid activist and Operation Vula Operative
|Brakvis||Linda||29 January 1988|
|Brand||Johannes||6 December 1823||14 July 1888|
Scientist and recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine
|13 January 1927|
|Breytenbach||Cloete||Photojournalist, Photographer||1933||31 May 2019|
Poet, writer, painter and activist
South African novelist, playwright, literary critic and academic.
|29 May 1935||6 February 2015|
A member of the Liberal Party of South Africa (LPSA). Banned and detained by the apartheid government.
A member of the Liberal Party of South Africa (LPSA).
Teacher, exile, member of the then Non-European Unity Movement, organiser for the Teachers League of South Africa, member of the African Peoples Democratic Union
|30 June 2013|
|Bromberger||Norman||2 December 1935||4 January 2019|
A member of the Liberal Party of South Africa (LPSA) and the African Resistance Movement (ARM). Banned by the apartheid government.
Political activist, academic, lay clergy and member of the Liberal Party
Member of the Liberal Party, African Resistance Movement, South African Communist Party, author and activist.
|18 May1940||10 May 2008|
Physician and palaeontologist, discoverer of “Mrs Ples” or the most complete Australopithecus africanus skull.
|30 November 1866||1951|
Anti-racism activist, writer, teacher, founding member of the Congress of Democrats (COD), founded Early Years Trainers Anti-Racist Network (EYTARN) and Persona Doll Training (PDT)
|1931||10 February 2019|
|Brown||Brian||15 October 1938|
|Brown||Mary||20 July 1847||16 January 1935|
Liberal Party founding member, Natal Midlands farmer and philanthropist.
Conscientious objector, political prisoner, researcher, expert on policing in South Africa, author, recipient of the Reebok Human Rights Award
|Brutus||Vincent||28 November 1924|
Sports administrator, teacher, political activist, poet and academic
Tim Bruwer manages libraries and arts and cultural services at Moreland City Council in Melbourne. Moreland is a city where more than 70 home languages other than English are spoken by residents and where multiculturalism and diversity are valued and c
A trade unionist and a founder of TUCSA
Former South African Athlete and World Record Holder
Former South African & IBF Junior Featherweight Champion
Founding member of the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA)
Journalist, Native Representative in the House of Assembly,Western Cape, chief editor of the Guardian, editor of the African Communist and Central Committee member of the SACP.
Member of the SACP, Founder member of the Cape Town Friends of Cuba Society
Communist intellectual and organiser, Sydney Bunting was instrumental in the formation and early development of the Communist Party of South Africa.
|Burger||Schalk||6 September 1852||5 December 1918|
Political activist, Human Rights lobbyist, President of Black Sash, TRC Member
|Burton||Henry||South African advocate and Cabinet Minister in the South African Government between 1910 and 1924, vice-president of the Non-Racial Franchise Association.||2 June 1866||25 December 1935|
Trade unionist and ANC member
|Buthelezi||Mkhombiseni||6 June 1993|
South African politician and the founder the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP).
|Butler||Frank Harold (Sam)||1889||1980|
Trade unionist and community leader.