Isitwalandwe / Seaparankoe the Highest Award of Honour

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, or 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 / Seaparankoe. This was at the Congre

ss of the People in 1955.

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The following outstanding leaders have all been honoured.

  • Albert Luthuli - 1955 
  • Father Trevor Huddleston - 1955 
  • Yusuf Dadoo - 1955 
  • Moses Mauane Kotane - 1975 
  • Govan Mbeki - 1980 
  • Bishop Ambrose - Reeves 1980 
  • Lilian Ngoyi - 1982 
  • Oliver Reginald Tambo - 1992 
  • Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - 1992 
  • Walter Sisulu - 1992 
  • Helen Joseph 1992 
  • Ahmed Kathrada - 1992 
  • Harry Gwala - 1992 
  • Elias Motsoaledi - 1992 
  • Andrew Mlangeni - 1992 
  • Raymond Mhlaba - 1992 
  • Wilton Mkwai - 1992 
  • Joe Slovo - 1994 
  • Ray Alexander Simons - 2004 
  • Chris Hani - 2008
  • Comrade Ruth Mompati - 2014
  • Comrade Gertrude Shope - 2014