South African Government

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The Order of Luthuli

The Order is awarded to South Africans who have made a meaningful contribution to the struggle for democracy, human rights, nation-building, justice and peace, and conflict resolution.


This Order can be awarded in three categories:

  • Category 1 = Gold
  • Category 2 = Silver
  • Category 3 = Bronze

Symbolism/design elements

Central motif/symbolism

The triangular flint stone represents a basic tool of survival used by prehistoric ancestors to skin animals, construct shelters and cut strips of skin to make clothes.

It symbolises the vision of the late Chief Albert Luthuli - the legendary liberation struggle leader and first African recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1961 - for African people to participate fully in the socio-economic and political development of South Africa.


Neck badge


Lapel rosette

Flint stone

  1. Isandlwana Hill – depicts peace and tranquillity after the Battle of Isandlwana in 1879.
  2. The South African Flag – represents the dawn of freedom and democracy.
  3. Technology – emphasises the development of high-tech products.

African Clay Pot

  1. Two horns – espouse his vision for a democratic, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa.
  2. The leopard pattern – represents Chief Luthuli’s trademark headgear.
  3. Beads – decoration symbolises the beauty of Africa and the African bull represents the empowerment and prosperity of the African people.