Photographer Peter Magubane received an honorary doctorate in literature. Magubane photographed the unfolding story of South Africa's liberation over 50 years. He covered many important political events in the 1950s, including the treason trials and demonstrations against the pass laws.
He documented the Soweto student uprisings from June to August of 1976. Coverage of the uprisings earned him worldwide acclaim and led to international photographic and journalistic awards, including the Luthuli Award and the Order for Meritorious Service from former President Nelson Mandela.
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The university has bestowed high academic honours in the form of degrees awarded honoris causa on the following distinguished men and women.