SA presidents have been loved and loathed by South Africans, Nelson Mandela was no doubt the most loved South African president of all time! Moving past Mandela the list get complicated as other presidents have had complex legacies. Thabo Mbeki whilst seen as a great leader was perceived to be an authoritarian in some spheres and an HIV denialist. Puma on the other hand had a whole political career marred by rape charges, corruption, Gupta etc. See Top 5 Most Loved SA Presidents Of All Time By Ranking
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country’s first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.
Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki is a South African politician who served as the second post-Apartheid President of South Africa from 14 June 1999 to 24 September 2008.
3. Cyril Ramaphosa
Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa is a South African politician and the fifth and current President of South Africa. He became President following the resignation of Jacob Zuma.
4. Kgalema Petrus Motlanthe
Kgalema Petrus Motlanthe is a South African politician who served as interim President of South Africa between 25 September 2008 and 9 May 2009, following the resignation of Thabo Mbeki.
5. Jacob Zuma
Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is a South African politician who served as the fourth President of South Africa from the 2009 general election until his resignation on 14 February 2018. Zuma is also referred to by his initials JZ and his clan name Msholozi