Browse our collection of famous South Africans, including Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Jacob Zuma, F.W. de Klerk, Elon Musk, Desmond Tutu, Charlize Theron and Dave Matthews.
Winnie Mandela has died at the age of 81. The longtime wife of South African President Nelson Mandela, she was also known for her political involvement and efforts to combat apartheid, as well as controversial actions that led to convictions for kidnapping and fraud.
Jacob Zuma has resigned as South Africa's President over corruption scandals. Known as the "Teflon president" after more than eight years in power, Zuma faces 783 corruption allegations around a 1990s arms deal, and courts have forced him to repay the millions in public money spent on refurbishing his home.
Oscar Pistorius, the "Blade Runner," is a South African sprint runner who became the first amputee to compete in track events in the Olympics in 2012. In 2013, Pistorius admitted to shooting and killing his girlfriend, South African model Reeva Steenkamp.
Charlize Theron is a South African-born actress, best known for her roles in such films as 'Monster,' for which she won an Academy Award, 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' 'The Fate of the Furious' and 'Atomic Blonde.'