Kgalema Motlanthe

Politician

1949 –

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Who is Kgalema Motlanthe?

Kgalema Petrus Motlanthe is a South African politician who served as President of South Africa between 25 September 2008 and 9 May 2009, following the resignation of Thabo Mbeki.

After the end of his presidency, Motlanthe was appointed as the Deputy President of South Africa by his successor, current South African president Jacob Zuma. Motlanthe served as Deputy President of the African National Congress, a position he held from 2007 until 2012, when he declined to run for a second term. At the 53rd ANC National Conference in Mangaung, Free State, Motlanthe ran for the position of President of the ANC, but was soundly defeated by Zuma, who won re-election. He was succeeded as deputy president by Cyril Ramaphosa, but remains Deputy President of South Africa.

Motlanthe, who had maintained a low public profile, was elected to the presidency of South Africa by the South African National Assembly following the resignation of Mbeki, and was widely considered to be acting as a "caretaker president" on behalf of Zuma. Zuma succeeded Motlanthe on 9 May 2009 in a presidential election held by the South African National Assembly, following the 2009 general election which had been won by the ANC.

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Born
Jul 19, 1949
Alexandra, Gauteng
Also known as
  • Kgalema Petrus Motlanthe
  • Mkhuluwa
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Anglicanism
Ethnicity
  • Tswana people
Nationality
  • South Africa
Profession
Education
  • Orlando High School
  • Anglican Missionary School
Lived in
  • Alexandra, Gauteng
  • Meadowlands, Gauteng

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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