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Awarded the Order of Luthuli Gold Medal on South African Freedom Day, marking the 20th anniversary of the first democratic elections (2014)

The National Orders are the highest awards that the country, through its President, bestows. The Order of Luthuli is awarded in three categories – bronze, silver and gold. The Order in gold is awarded for 'exceptional contribution to the struggle for democracy and human rights, nation-building, peace and conflict resolution.' The citation in Sir Bob’s case reads:

"For his bravery in times where fighting for liberation was courting danger. He chose to align himself with the marginalised to ensure that all who live in South Africa enjoy the privilege of equality."