|Last name||First name||Synopsis||Date of birth||Date of death|
|da Silva||Luis Inácio Lula||
Trade unionist, President of Brazil, for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of the agenda of the South and for the creation of a just and equitable system of global governance, awarded The Companions of OR Tambo in Gold.
|27 October 1945|
|17-December-1937||Cape Town,South Africa|
Medical doctor, banned person, political prisoner, exile,President of the Indian Social Reform Society, Chair of the Madressa Anjuman Islamia of the Kholvad Mosque, Vice-chair of the National Anti-Pass Council, President of the TIC, Chair of the TIC
Paramount Chief of the Thembu people
|Dambalaza||Dumisa||1934||22 May 1964|
Trade unionist, member of SACTU
|Dangor||Achmat||Poet, novelist, political and cultural activist, banned person, co-founder of Congress of South African Writers, worked at the Ford Foundation, director of advocacy, communications and leadership at United Nations Aids and CEO of Nelson Mandela Foundation.||1948||6 September 2020|
Member of the Liberal Party of South Africa (LP), the African Resistance Movement (ARM) and Robben Island political prisoner.
|25/10/1928||30 November 2017|
A victim of June 16th.
DJ; music producer; TV and radio presenter; Director of Community and Youth Development for NPC, GCAP/SR4A; precision drifting and stunt car driver
|11 December 1968|
Discovered the Taung child skull fossil, the first early hominid fossil.
|4 February 1893||22 November 1988|
World's first successful human heart-transplant donor
Community activist, anti-apartheid activist, founding member of the UDF, first president of the Uitenhage Women’s Organisation, chairperson of the ANCWL
|David||Devadas||Anti-Apartheid activist, liberation struggle hero, Secretary of the Natal Indian Congress Youth Congress, involved in the revival of the Natal Indian Congress in the early 1970s, Secretary of the Natal Indian Congress and the Release Mandela Committee, active in the United Democratic Front, sought refuge with five others in the British Consulate in the 1980s||26 August 1940||13 August 2020|
|Davids||Leigh||25 March 1979||27 February 2019|
Artist and ex Robben Island political prisoner
South African photographer and photojournalist
business person and philanthropist, assisted in establishing Howard College, responsible for starting the South African Navy, established the Howard Davis War Fund to assist soldiers who had served outside South Africa during the Second World War
|25 April 1867||27 September 1942|
teacher, business person, supporter of women’s causes, established the Peter Davis Infants’ Home, President of the Pietermaritzburg Benevolent Society, President of the South African War Graves Board, founding member of the South African Na
|26 December 1858||24 March 1929|
Vice president of the Transvaal Indian Congress, member of the United Democratic Front (UDF) and ANC, Community activist.
|Dawood||Ayesha Bibi "Asa"||
Political and women's activist and trade unionist
Campaigner for Indian rights
|De Beer||Zacharias "Zac"||
Medical doctor, politician and leader of the Progressive Federal Party (PFP) and chairman of Anglo-American mining company, ambassador to Netherlands
Member of the ‘Upington 14', political prisoner
Dutch actor and producer in the Netherlands, Dutch East Indies and South Africa.
|de Jongh||Marthinils (Tinus) Johannes||1885||1942|
A member of the African Resistance Movement (ARM) and the Liberal Party of South Africa (LPSA)
Artist and underground ANC activist
State President of South Africa from 1989 to 1994. In 1990 he opened negotiations with previously banned anti-apartheid organizations. De Klerk was appointed the Second Vice President in President Mandela’s cabinet.
|18 March 1936|
|de Klerk||Johannes (Jan)||
teacher, member of the National Party and Minister of Education, Art & Science, Senator and Father of former Pres. F.W. de Klerk
|22 July 1903||24 January 1979|
Freed enslaved woman, wife of Olof Bergh, owner of Groote Constantia.
|de la Rey||Jacobus Herculaas||
Known as Koos de la Rey, a Boer general during the Second Boer War.
|22 October 1847||15 September 1914|
Politician, former member of PAC, trade unionist, founder and a leader of Independent Democrats (ID) and Mayor of Cape Town.
Lawyer, Batavian governor and founder of Uitenhage, Eastern Cape.
|de Sousa||Njinga Ana||1583||17-December-1663|
Author, educator and first female principal of Huguenot University College
|De Villiers||Dawid (Dawie)||
Member of the National Party, SA rugby captain, lecturer, reverend, ambassador to London and cabinet minister
|De Villiers||Petrus (Fanie)||
Cricket player and commentator
Dominee, poet, author and editor
|De Villiers||Anna||Linguist, writer, and educator||24 December 1900||1 November 1979|
Photographer and activist, member of Afrapix
Flemish pioneer of Afrikaans theatre.
|1886**1874||27 July 1946|
|de Vries||Abraham||Short Story Writer, Art Editor, Lecturer, Director, Chairperson of the Afrikaans Writers' Guild||9 February 1937|
A great Boer general and rebel leader. His name is inextricably woven into the epic struggle of Afrikaners for independence from British rule in South Africa.
Judge in the 1963-1964 Rivonia Trail
|4 January 1956||18 March 2017|
Trade union activist and politician
Philosopher and Lecturer.
|7 March 1926|
|Dellums||Ronald||The radical Congress member who fought against war, Apartheid and poverty||24 November 1935||30 July 2018|
|Dellums||Ronald||The radical Congress member who fought against war, Apartheid and poverty
||24 November 1935||30 July 2018|
South Africa’s longest serving female Indian political prisoner
Political activist, Vice President of SACPO, journalist, lawyer and member of the PAC
|10-April-1932||30 October 1997|
|Desai||Rissik||10 April 1932||30 October 1997|
figh Commissioner 1945 - 1946.
|deVilliers||Andre||18 August 1992|
|4 March 1965|
Member for Umbumbulu, KwaZulu Legislative Assembly, Minister of Education and Culture, KwaZulu, Secretary General, Inkatha yeNkululeko yeSizwe, Executive Chairman, Institute for Multi-Party Democracy.
|Dhlomo||Sicelo||25 January 1988|
Political activist, academic, journalist, playwright, poet
|26 February 1903||23 October 1956|
Artist (printmaker), art administrator and activist
|25 June 1956|
Political activist and member of the ANC
Community activist, MK member, Member of Parliament, for his excellent contribution to the struggle against apartheid and for his selfless sacrifice for the attainment of freedom for all in South Africa was awarded The Order of Luthuli in Silver.
Portuguese navigator discovered the Cape of Good Hope in 1488 and maritime explorer
|circa 1450||24 May 1500|
Member of the ANC
Member of the Textile Workers Union, member of the Black Sash, and anti-apartheid activist and communist proponent.
President of NUSAS, founder member of the Liberal Party, Chancellor of UDW, Judge of the Natal Provincial Division, member of the Special Electoral Court, Judge in the Constitutional Court, visiting scholar at the Law School of Columbia Universit
Women’s rights activist, trade unionist, shop steward, founder member of the Federation of South African Women, member of the South African Communist Party, one of the 1956 women’s march leaders, recipient of the Government’s National Order for advancing democracy in the country
|Dikeni||Sandile||Political prisoner, poet, journalist, and editor||1966||9 November 2019|
Youth Director of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (ELCSA), Black Consciousness Movement activist and member of AZANLA, Member of the Central Committee of the NACTU and President of AZAPO
|22 February 1962|
Political activist, secretary of the Transvaal Indian Youth Congress, member of the Communist Party of South Africa, active in the Anti-Apartheid Movement, political prisoner, exiled person, active in the ANC, worked for the Anti-Apartheid Movement in the Middle East, Greece and Botswana- while in exile, advocate of solar energy for informal settlements, worked in local governance Post-Apartheid, active in the ANC Kagiso and Azaadville branch, Town Clerk of Krugersdorp municipality, advocate for gender equity through academia.
|14 October 1937||8 December 2015|
Member of the ANC, SACP and MK, author and columnist
Paramount Chief of the Mthethwa
King of the Zulu.
|1868||18 October 1913|
Zulu Princess, musician and poet who contributed to the development of traditional music in South Africa and was an authority on Zulu traditions, history and folklore. Her son is Inkatha Freedom Party leader, Chief Mangosuthu
First Premier of the Northern Cape Province
|Dirk-Uys||Pieter||28 September 1945|
|Dladla||Payiyana||1932||5 September 1961|
Member of the ANC and MK, Member of Parliament and Special Adviser to the Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities
|23 January 1960||11 June 2012|
|Dlamini||Stephen J. C.||
Trade unionist, Chairperson of the African Textile Workers’ Union, 1956 Treason Trialist, President of SACTU, Robben Island prisoner, Member of the ANC’s National Executive Council and its Revolutionary Council and recipient of the Order of
MK struggle veteran, member of the ANC and Brigadier General in the SANDF.
trade unionist and president of COSATU
ANC member, Minister of Home Affairs, Minister of Health, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chair of the African Union
Member of the ANC and MK, political prisoner, National Chairperson MKVA and former advisor to the Minister of Defence.
|Docrat||Abdul Khalek Mohamed||
Abdul Khalek Mohamed Docrat, AKM or “Doc” as he was popularly known, was one of the leading political activists in the Natal Indian Congress and Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA).
|15 September 1915||15 February 2003|
|Dodo||Zibongile||1935||31 October 1967|
Political Activist and a Baptist Church Minister.
British general, colonel and Governor at the Cape
|dos Santos (nee Beira)||Pamela||
Politcal activist, member of ANC Women's League
Assistant General Secretary of TUCSA, chairman of the Urban Training Project, university lecturer and banned person.
Priest at the St. Joseph’s Mission, which became a place of refuge for activists in the Boputhatswana Homeland in the 1980s, current Bishop of Rustenburg.
|14 February 1944|
|Doyle (nee Anderson)||Molly|
President of the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS), political detainee, educator, poet and writer.
A member of the Liberal Party of South Africa (LPSA). Banned by the apartheid government.
A member of the Communist Party of South Africa
Teacher, MP for Florida, 1974; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Education and Training, 1983-84; Minister of Finance, 1984-1992.
|13 February 1967|
A member of the South African Communist Party
|Du Preez||Hettie||leader of the Garment Workers Union, convenor of first conference of the Federation of South African Women, prominent role in the founding of the African People’s Organisation.|
Elocutionist and journalist
Former South African High Commissioner to Mozambique, provincial secretary of the Federation of Transvaal Women, banned person, political detainee, Chief Operations Officer in the Presidency, previous National Spokesperson for the ANC, Deputy Secretary General of the ANC, member of the ANC NEC
|19 September 1953|
South African musical artist and was attributed as one of the world's greatest reggae superstars
Educator, politician, author, minister of the Congregational (American Board) Church, founder member and first president of the South African Native National Congress (SANNC).
|22 February 1871||11 February 1946|
|Dube||Nokutela (nee Mdima)||
Musician, founder member of the Daughters of Africa and wife of John Langalibalele Dube.
Daughter of African National Congress (ANC) Founder, John Langalibalele Dube
Teacher, member of the Anti-CAD Movement and the Non European Unity Movement (NEUM) and President of the New Unity Movement.
|1924||31 May 2009|
A member of the End Conscription Campaign, also part of the University of Cape Town SRC
Author, Screenwriter and Editor
|13 April 1974||19 January 2005|
|Duma||Sibusiso||28 June 1978|
Took part in the Defiance Campaign, national organiser of the Liberal Party and member of the PAC
Teacher, politcal activist and leader of the women's organisation Black Sash.
Barrister and First South African Governor-General
Court Interpreter, teacher, editor and ANC member
Singer and songwriter
|Dweba||Toto||25 August 1985|
|Dyakala||Kholisile||1955||24 November 1988|
|Dywshu||Thembinkosi||26 August 1992|
English test cricketer who was banned from playing in South Africa, awarded the Companion of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen of England.