24. Noxolo Kiviet

Noxolo Kiviet is a South African politician, and the Premier of the Eastern Cape from 2009 to 2014. She completed the Bachelor of Administrative (B.Admin) at the University of Fort Hare, B. Admin Honours at the same institution. In 2010 she was one of the notable graduates at the University of Fort Hare, being awarded the Master in Public Administration.

23. Mandla Langa

Mandla Langa (born 1950 in Stanger, Durban) is a South African poet, short story writer, and novelist. He grew up in KwaMashutownship. His novel The Lost Colours of the Chameleon won the 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Africa region). Langa studied at the University of Fort Hare, graduating in 1972 with a B.A. degree in English and Philosophy. In 1976, he went into exile and has lived in different countries of Southern Africa as well as in Hungary and the United Kingdom.

22. Tichafa Samuel Parirenyatwa

Tichafa Samuel Parirenyatwa (1927–1962) was Zimbabwe's first trained black physician, medical doctor and the first Vice-President of the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU). He rose to prominence during ZAPU's political struggle against the colonial administration in Southern Rhodesia. Along with many future Zimbabwean nationalists, he matriculated at South Africa's University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape, subsequently obtaining his degree from the University of Witwatersrand. He later underwent further medical training in Durban.

21. Joe Matthews

Matthews was the son of Z. K. Matthews, an early leader of the African National Congress (ANC). He was born on 17 June 1929 in the port city of Durban. Matthews completed his primary education at Lovedale Mission Station in the Eastern Cape while his father was a lecturer at the nearby University of Fort Hare. At the age of 15, he joined the African National Congress Youth League in 1944. Matthews matriculated in Johannesburg in 1947 and earned a BA from the University of Fort Hare in 1952 and a LLB from theUniversity of London in the United Kingdom in 1956.

20. Joseph Diescho

Joseph Diescho (born 10 April 1955) is a Namibian writer and political analyst. In 1988, he wrote Born of the Sun, the first novel by a native-born Namibian author. Born in Andara, Kavango Region, Diescho attended Fort Hare University in South Africa where he studied law and political science. During his student days he worked against the apartheid system and was imprisoned in Peddie and East London. Whilst working for a diamond mine company he helped found a worker's union. In 1984, he became a Fulbright scholar at Columbia University in New York City, where he completed his PhD in Political Science in 1992. His dissertation, entitled, "The Role of Education in the Politics of Control in Namibia: 1948–1988," explored the relationship between politics and education in Namibia.

19. Irvin Khoza

Dr Irvin Khoza, known as the “Iron Duke”, was born on 27 January 1948 in Alexandra Township. He began his education at the Roma Mission School in Alexandra before attending Orlando High in Soweto.  He was a student at Fort Hare University (Alice, Eastern Cape) but did not complete his studies as he was allegedly expelled for anti-apartheid activities.  18. Frank Mdlalose Dr Frank Themba Mdlalose was the first Premier of the newly renamed KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa, after the African National Congress (ANC) won the country's first all-inclusive general election in April 1994. He was born on 29 November 1931 in Nquthu, northern Natal to Jaconia Mdlalose, a general dealer and Tabitha Mthembu, a tutor. He was educated at St Francis High School, Mariannhill, outside Durban. He then attended the Fort Hare University - (alongside future Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, to whom he is distantly related) - where he obtained a diploma. Mdlalose continued his studies at the University of Natal and in 1958 he obtained his MB Ch B degree and became a resident doctor at Durban's King Edward Hospital. Subsequently he became a GP in Atteridgeville near Pretoria and Steadville and Madadeni in northern Natal.

17. Mhlobo Jadezweni

Mhlobo Jadezweni (born 14 June 1954) is a South African academic. He has degrees from the University of Fort Hare and Stellenbosch University. He has been attached to the Department of African Languages at Stellenbosch University since 1983, where he teaches Xhosa literature and language, and studies isiXhosa poetry. He has served on various Xhosa language boards since 1984. MORE TO FOLLOW