University of Cape Town Alumni & Students

Helen Suzman
Helen Suzman spent a total of 36 years in parliament, during which she defended the right to freedom of expression for all South Africans. She passed away peacefully in her home in Johannesburg in January 2009.
Richard Goldstone
Co-Chair: International Law Sessions, Salzburg Seminars, Salzburg; Co-Chair: Human Rights Institute, International Bar Association, London; Co-Chair: International Bar Assoc Task on International Terrorism; Chair: Bradlow Foundation;
Nadine Gordimer
International Goodwill Ambassador: United Nations Development Programme; Gordimer's 'A World of Strangers' (1958) as well as 'Burger's Daughter' (1979) was banned by the South African government due to her harsh and unrelenting criticism of their racist policies.; When Gordimer won the Nobel prize for Literature in 1991, she became the first woman to receive the honour in 25 years.;
Beyers Naudé
Beyers Naudé was General-Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. In 2001 DF Malan Drive in Johannesburg was renamed Beyers Naudé in his honour.
Gert Gerwel
Jakes Gerwel is Chancellor of Rhodes University, Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of the Western Cape, Honorary Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pretoria, and Chairman of the Human Sciences Research Council. He is presently a non-executive director of Naspers and Old Mutual.
Johannes Myburgh
Professor Bert Myburgh is Past President of The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa.
Cyril Ramaphosa
Cyril Ramaphosa is a South African lawyer, trade union leader, activist, politician and businessman. He started his involvement in politics as a student when he joined the South African Students Organisation. He went on to become a legal advisor for the National Council of Trade Unions, after obtaining his law degree. He was one of the freedom fighters who received Nelson Mandela after his release from prison in 1990. He served as secretary-general of the ANC and as chairman of the Constitutional Assembly. He officially resigned from parliament in 1996 and currently serves as Non-Executive Director of Lonmin, a UK-based resources group. In early 2011 Cyril Ramaphosa took over the McDonald's franchise in South Africa.
Kader Asmal
Kader Asmal is a South African politician. Former professor of human rights at the University of the Western Cape. He is the Vice-president of the African Association of International Law.Chairman of the council of the University of the North.
Frene Ginwala
Journalist, politician and former speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa 1994-2004
Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Mangosuthu Buthelezi is Chairman of the Buthelezi Tribal Authority. He is Chairman of the Mashonangashoni Regional Authority. Buthelezi is a Member of Parliament for the Inkatha Freedom Party, the National Assembly and the South African Government of National Unity. He is the Founder and Leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party.