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Kgalema Motlanthe

Kgalema Motlanthe
Personal data
Date of birth19 July 1949(age 65)
Place of birthAlexandra, Transvaal Province, Union of South Africa
Birth nameKgalema Petrus Motlanthe
NationalitySouth African
Political partyAfrican National Congress
SpouseMapula Motlanthe
ReligionAnglicanism
Deputy President of South Africa
Assumed office9 May 2009
PresidentJacob Zuma
Preceded byBaleka Mbete
President of South Africa
In office25 September 2008 - 9 May 2009
DeputyBaleka Mbete
Succeeded byJacob Zuma
Preceded byThabo Mbeki
Deputy President of the African National Congress
Assumed office18 December 2007
Preceded byJacob Zuma
Secretary-General of the African National Congress
In office1997 - 2007
Succeeded byGwede Mantashe
Preceded byCyril Ramaphosa

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Kgalema Petrus Motlanthe (pronounced -stˈkxɑ.lɪ.mɑ mʊ.ˈtɬʼɑ.n.tʰɛ) (born 19 July 1949) is a South African politician who served as President of South Africa between 25 September 2008 and 9 May 2009, completing the second elected term of Thabo Mbeki.

Following 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 is also concurrently serving as Deputy President of the African National Congress (ANC), a position he has held since 2007, likewise under Zuma who is also the current President of the ANC.

Motlanthe, who had thus far 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.

Motlanthe was previously a former student activist, trade unionist and member of the ANC's military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe during the struggle against South Africa under apartheid. Today, Motlanthe, a left-leaning intellectual, is seen as a highly skilled political operator within the politics of South Africa, and a key figure behind the success of Jacob Zuma. Motlanthe also holds the status of having been South Africa's first Tswana-speaking president.


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