Etienne Leroux is the nom de plume of Stephanus Daniël Petrus le Roux. He was born on 13 June 1922 in Oudtshoorn where he spent his early childhood. He studied law at the University of Stellenbosch (B.A., LL.B.) and worked for a short time at a solicitor’s office in Bloemfontein. From1946 he farmed on his farm Ja-Nee in the district Koffiefontein.
Leroux is known as one of the most important (and at the time, controversial) writers of the sixties, also known as the Sestiger-skrywers. He died on 30 December 1989 and was buried at the family church yard of Wamakersdrift, of which his farm formed part.