Raymond Suttner’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

Intro South African activist, academic and journalist
Is Journalist
From South Africa
Type Journalism
Gender male

1945, Durban, eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Age 76 years
University of the Witwatersrand
University of Cape Town

Raymond Suttner (born (1945-08-29)29 August 1945) is South African activist, academic, journalist and public figure.

Education and activism

Suttner was born in Durban, South Africa. He obtained BA and LLB degrees from the University of Cape Town and an inter-disciplinary doctorate (history, sociology and political studies) from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

During the struggle against apartheid Suttner was in the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC), South African Communist Party and the United Democratic Front.

He served two prison terms under apartheid. He was sentenced to seven and a half years in 1975 for “taking part in the activities of an unlawful organisation” by distributing ANC literature, and “undergoing training or inciting or encouraging others to undergo training, or obtaining information which could be of use in furthering the achievements of any of the objects of communism or any unlawful organisation”. He served his sentence in Pretoria Local, or Pretoria Prison, which was part of the Pretoria Central Prison complex, along with Denis Goldberg, Jeremy Cronin and others. He was there at the time of a daring escape in 1979 by Tim Jenkin, Stephen Lee and Alex Moumbaris.

Academic affiliations

He currently has academic affiliations at Rhodes University, the University of South Africa and the University of the Witwatersrand.

Personal life

Suttner is married to the academic, writer and activist Nomboniso Gasa.


  • Raymond Suttner; Jeremy Cronin (1985). 30 Years of the Freedom Charter. Johannesburg: Ravan Press. ISBN 978-1-876175-25-2.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Raymond Suttner; Jeremy Cronin (2006). 50 years of the Freedom Charter. Unisa Press. ISBN 978-1-86888-375-2.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Raymond Suttner (2002). Inside Apartheid’s Prison: Notes and letters of struggle. Minneapolis: Ocean Press. ISBN 978-1-876175-25-2.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • The ANC Underground in South Africa. Johannesburg: Jacana Press. 2008. ISBN 978-1770095977.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Recovering Democracy in South Africa. Johannesburg: Jacana Press. 2015. ISBN 9781431421589.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Raymond Suttner (1984). The Freedom Charter: the people’s charter in the nineteen-eighties. University of Cape Town.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Raymond Suttner (2003). The Character and Formation of Intellectuals Within the South African Liberation Movement. Codesria.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)