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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

When Winnie Madikizela married Nelson Mandela her own heritage as a Pondo woman became secondary to that of being a wife to Mandela. Subsequently, Madikizela continuously fought to maintain that her identity not be subjugated behind her husband’s shadow.

Helen Suzman

Long-time MP and from 1961 to 1974 the sole parliamentary representative of the Progressive Party.

For several years she was the only political leader allowed to visit Robben Island.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Former General Secretary of the SACC, Archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Olesegun Obasanjo

Retired army general and former President of Nigeria who was co-Chairman of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group on South Africa.

Dr Henry Kissinger

Former American Secretary of State under Presidents Nixon and Ford

Nomatemba Tambo

She left for a life in exile at age three. Her mother, Adelaide Tambo, and others spearheaded the standard as to how African women were to be perceived by the world at large.

Thomaz Salomao

“Those in the Frontline States who witnessed their own country’s liberation joined together to support the advent of democracy in South Africa. It was not a decision without huge costs in lives and in the economy of their individual countries. It took strong and determined visionaries to see the big picture.”

Thabo Mbeki

Former President of the ANC and of South Africa “There was somebody who was sent to assassinate me in Lusaka. They got arrested, so it was a matter that we lived with wherever we were…”