Isitwalandwe/Seaparankwe is the highest honour awarded by the people of South Africa, through the African National Congress, to those who have made an outstanding contribution and sacrifice to the liberation struggle.
Isitwalandwe, literally translated, means "the one who wears the plumes of the rare bird" and was traditionally bestowed only on the bravest warriors of the people, on those who distinguished themselves in the eyes of all the people for exceptional qualities of leadership and heroism.
Chief Albert Luthuli, Dr Yusuf Dadoo and Father Trevor Huddleston were the first to be proclaimed Isitwalandwe/Seaparankwe. This was at the Congress of the People in 1955. Since then many outstanding leaders have been honoured.
|Father Trevor Huddleston||1955|
|Moses Mauane Kotane||1975|
|Bishop Ambrose Reeves||1980|
|Oliver Reginald Tambo||1992|
|Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela||1992|
|Ray Alexander Simons||2004|