Ayanda Kota, who dedicated his life to fighting for the underdog, has died

Chair of the Unemployed People’s Movement was Makhanda’s most prominent activist

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Obituary | 23 February 2024

A Quiet Lion: A Tribute to land activist Moss Sekobane

He was a tireless worker for the rights of the vulnerable


Obituary | 29 January 2024

A few words in honour of Mkhuseli Sizani

Former GroundUp reporter embodied journalism’s finest ideals


Obituary | 23 September 2023

Hamba Kahle Mkhuseli Sizani

29 March 1981 to 12 September 2023


Obituary | 15 September 2023

Nontsikelelo Zwedala: an unsung hero of the struggle for HIV medicines

She was one of the complainants in a Competition Commission case that resulted in antiretroviral medicines becoming affordable


Obituary | 20 March 2023

Remembering Yoliswa Dwane

Fierce, intense, principled: Equal Education would not have been possible without her


Obituary | 24 October 2022

Yoliswa Dwane, co-founder of Equal Education, has died

Under her leadership the organisation ran widely acclaimed campaigns to improve school infrastructure and install libraries in township schools


Obituary | 21 October 2022

Desmond Tutu was a moral voice for South Africa and the world

Although he was a Christian leader in his official work, atheists, agnostics, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and people of all religions have been led and guided by him


Obituary | 26 December 2021

Hamba Kahle Wara Fana


Obituary | 14 June 2021

Nomandla Yako, who defied Thabo Mbeki by importing HIV medicines, has died

TAC activist who lived openly with HIV succumbs to Covid-19


Obituary | 1 July 2020

AnnMarie Wolpe was a pioneer in gender and education

She helped her husband escape prison by smuggling tungsten blades in French loaves and tools in a roast chicken

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Obituary | 19 February 2018

Lwando Mzandisi: a role model in the struggle for social justice

Education activist died far too young, but made a big impact in his short life


Obituary | 14 December 2017

Prudence Mabele was a radical who led the struggle for openness about HIV

Her eyes would laugh with anger at Thabo Mbeki and Manto Tshabalala-Msimang


Obituary | 22 July 2017

Ahmed Kathrada has died

“Kathy” was one of the most well-known, well-liked and respected leaders of the South African revolution


Obituary | 28 March 2017