Dr Benedict Wallet Vilakazi is a distinguished African scholar who was the first to
graduate in Doctor of Literature in Oral and Written Literature in Nguni. He wrote
classical books in Zulu poetry (Inkondlo kaZulu and Amal'ezulu). He also wrote Zulu
novels and with Dr CM Dokes, wrote a Zulu-English Dictionary. He was the first to
teach at a white Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, heralding the fall of
apartheid walls in education in South Africa. He has been an inspiration, to all African
writers especially Zulu writers. Born 06 January 1906 and died 26 October 1947.
He is buried at Mariannhill Catholic cemetery in Durban.