Ben Turok (born 26 June 1927 – died 9 December 2019) was a South African anti-apartheid activist, Economics Professor and member of parliament. He was a member of the African National Congress (ANC).
Ben was born in Latvia in June 1927 and relocated to South Africa with his family in 1934. He was the father of Neil Turok, the founder of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Muizenburg.
In 1950, Ben graduated from the University of Cape Town.
He was married to the former Mary Butcher, was also a prominent member of the COD.
He joined the South African Congress of Democrats in 1953 and became secretary for the Congress of the people in 1955. Ben was the African representative in the Cape Provincial Council.
He played a very notable role in helping draw up the Freedom Charter. Ben went to jail and served time under apartheid.
Ben Turok gave up the ghost on the morning of 9 December 2019. He was aged 92 years old.