Willie Esterhuyse is an emeritus professor in philosophy and business ethics at the Stellenbosch University and is a renowned writer, thinker, academic and political advisor. He has received various awards including an honorary doctorate from Stellenbosch University and the South African Order of Luthuli (silver). He is the author of various books on South African personalities and political issues including the controversial book for its time Apartheid must Die (1981) and Die tronkgesprekke: Nelson Mandela en Kobie Coetzee se geheime voorpunt-diplomasie (2018). (The Prison conversations: The leading-edge diplomacy of Nelson Mandela and Kobie Coetzee). He and his wife, Annemarie, live in Stellenbosch.