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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
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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Nzimande's foreign trips cost R1.9m - Times LIVE Tweet this news
Times LIVE--Nzimande accompanied President Jacob Zuma on state visits to China, Russia and the United Kingdom and Deputy President -Kgalema Motlanthe- on a working visit to Turkey, the minister said in reply to a parliamentary question from the Democratic - Date : Tue, 07 Jun 2011 14:20:13 GMT+00:00
ANC bites the bullet on Cape Town - Times LIVE Tweet this news
Times LIVE--ANC deputy president -Kgalema Motlanthe- has acknowledged, a month before the crucial local government elections, that the ANC is unlikely to win Cape Town back from the DA. Speaking to journalists in Worcester during his brief tour of the Cap - Date : Thu, 07 Apr 2011 04:59:56 GMT+00:00
South Africa Deputy President Untroubled By Rand Level - Wall Street Journal Tweet this news
Wall Street Journal--NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--South Africa's economy has "learned to live with" the current levels of the rand, the nation's Deputy President -Kgalema Motlanthe- said in an interview in New York on Monday. ... - Date : Mon, 28 Mar 2011 21:31:41 GMT+00:00
Presidential Labour Summit Communiqué - Politicsweb Tweet this news
Politicsweb--The summit was attended by Deputy President -Kgalema Motlanthe-, Cabinet Ministers of the Economic Cluster and the leaders of Cosatu, NACTU and Fedusa federations. It follows the Business Summit held on March 18, 2011. The parties agreed on t - Date : Wed, 20 Apr 2011 13:38:08 GMT+00:00
Motlanthe admission discouraging - Business Day Tweet this news
Business Day--Deputy President -Kgalema Motlanthe- must have been trying to motivate African National Congress deployees when he said: "Any position you are asked to perform, do your best. Deputy President -Kgalema Motlanthe- must have been tryin - Date : Fri, 15 Apr 2011 05:16:15 GMT+00:00
Worcester residents welcome deputy president Kgalema Motlante visiting ... - Independent Online Tweet this news
Independent Online--Deputy President -Kgalema Motlanthe- says the City of Cape Town is probably lost to the ANC in the upcoming local government elections. Instead, the ANC would use the polls as preparation for the 2014 general election where it hoped to - Date : Thu, 07 Apr 2011 08:40:10 GMT+00:00
Help fight TB Mothlanthe tells communities - Times LIVE Tweet this news
Times LIVE--Deputy President -Kgalema Motlanthe- on Sunday urged communities in and around KwaZulu Natal to cooperate with government in the fight against tuberculosis and HIV-Aids. Motlanthe was speaking at the unveiling of a state-of-the-art hospital wa - Date : Sun, 10 Apr 2011 13:34:56 GMT+00:00
Kgalema dragged into legal battle - Mail & Guardian Online Tweet this news
Mail & Guardian Online--Deputy President -Kgalema Motlanthe's- name has been dragged into a bitter legal battle involving the leaders of the ANC's Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans' Association (MKMVA) and the owners of a mining compan - Date : Fri, 08 Apr 2011 05:24:54 GMT+00:00
ANC claims about Midvaal ridiculous - Lindiwe Mazibuko - Politicsweb Tweet this news
Politicsweb--I would urge Deputy President -Kgalema Motlanthe- and his colleagues to engage with Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane on the findings of her 2009 Gauteng Quality of Life Survey. On the weekend, Mr Motlanthe claimed that the DA administration - Date : Tue, 05 Apr 2011 14:15:45 GMT+00:00
South Africa: Local Participation Vital in Municipal Planning - Motlanthe - Tweet this news Weaknesses in communication, accountability, skills shortages and lack of community involvement in some municipalities were among the contributory factors to service delivery backlogs, Deputy President -Kgalema Motlanthe- said on - Date : Wed, 23 Mar 2011 05:51:40 GMT+00:00

Political offices
Preceded by
Thabo Mbeki
President of South Africa
25 September 2008 - 9 May 2009
Succeeded by
Jacob Zuma
Preceded by
Baleka Mbete
Deputy President of South Africa
9 May 2009 - present
Party political offices
Preceded by
Cyril Ramaphosa
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1997 - 2007
Preceded by
Jacob Zuma
Deputy President of the African National Congress
2007 - present

African National Congress

S. T. Plaatje (1912 - 1915) * R. V. S. Thema (1915 - 1917) * I. Bud-M'belle (1917 - 1919) * S. Msane (1919 - 1923) * T. D. Mweli-Skota (1923 - 1927) * E. J. Khaile (1927 - 1930) * E. Mdolomba (1930 - 1936) * J. A. Calata (1936 - 1949) * W. M. U. Sisulu (1949 - 1955) * O. R. Tambo (1955 - 1958) * P. P. D. Nokwe (1958 - 1969) * A. B. Nzo (1969 - 1991) * M. C. Ramaphosa (1991 - 1997) * K. Motlanthe (1997 - 2007) * G. Mantashe (2007 - present)

J. L. Dube (1912 - 1917) * S. M. Makgatho (1917 - 1924) * Z. R. Mahabane (1924 - 1927) * J. T. Gumede (1927 - 1930) * P. ka Isaka Seme (1930 - 1936) * Mahabane (1937 - 1940) * Xuma (1940 - 1949) * J. S. Moroka (1949 - 1952) * A. J. Lutuli (1952 - 1967) * O. R. Tambo (1967 - 1991) * N. R. Mandela (1991 - 1997) * T. M. Mbeki (1997 - 2007) * J. G. Zuma (2007-present)

Deputy President
N. R. Mandela (1952 - 1958) * O. R. Tambo (1958-1985) * N. R. Mandela (1985 - 1991) * W. M. U. Sisulu (1991 - 1994) * T. M. Mbeki (1994 - 1997) * J. G. Zuma (1997 - 2007) * K. Motlanthe (2007 - present) *
National Conferences38th (1949) * 39th (1950) * 40th (1951) * 41st (1952) * 42nd (1953) * 43rd (1954) * 44th (1955) * 45th (1957) * 46th (1958) * 47th (1959) * 48th (1991) * 49th (1994) * 50th (1997) * 51st (2002) * 52nd (2007)
Structure and WingsANC Women's League * ANC Youth League * National Executive Committee * Umkhonto we Sizwe * Progressive ANC Voters Network
Related organizationsCongress of South African Trade Unions * South African Communist Party

Ministers of Thabo Mbeki's second government (2004-2008)

Deputy PresidentJacob Zuma (2004-2005) * Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (2005-2008)
MinistersThoko Didiza (2004-2006) / Lulama Xingwana (2006-2008) (Agriculture and Land Affairs) * Pallo Jordan (Arts and Culture) * Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri (Communications) * Ngconde Balfour (Correctional Services) * Mosiuoa Lekota (Defence) * Naledi Pandor (Education) * Marthinus van Schalkwyk (Environmental Affairs and Tourism) * Trevor Manuel (Finance) * Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (Foreign Affairs) * Manto Tshabalala-Msimang (Health) * Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula (Home Affairs) * Lindiwe Sisulu (Housing) * Ronnie Kasrils (Intelligence Services) * Brigitte Mabandla (Justice and Constitutional Development) * Membathisi Mdladlana (Labour) * Buyelwa Sonjica (Minerals and Energy) * Sydney Mufamadi (Provincial and Local Government) * Alex Erwin (Public Enterprises) * Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi (Public Service and Administration) * Charles Nqakula (Safety and Security) * Mosibudi Mangena (Science and Technology) * Zola Skweyiya (Social Development) * Makhenkesi Stofile (Sport and Recreation) * Essop Pahad (The Presidency) * Mandisi Mpahlwa (Trade and Industry) * Jeff Radebe (Transport) * Lindiwe Hendricks (Water Affairs and Forestry) * Kgalema Motlanthe (2008) (Without portfolio)

Presidents of South Africa

1961 Constitution
Charles Robberts Swart * Theophilus Ebenhaezer Dönges * Jozua François Naudé * * Jacobus Johannes Fouché * Johannes de Klerk * * Nicolaas Johannes Diederichs * Marais Viljoen * * B. J. Vorster * Marais Viljoen
1983 Constitution
Pieter Willem Botha * Chris Heunis * * Pieter Willem Botha * Frederik Willem de Klerk
1996 Constitution
Nelson Mandela * Thabo Mbeki * Kgalema Motlanthe * Jacob Zuma

Ministers of Kgalema Motlanthe's government (2008-2009)

Deputy PresidentBaleka Mbete
MinistersLulama Xingwana (Agriculture and Land Affairs) * Pallo Jordan (Arts and Culture) * Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri/Manto Tshabalala-Msimang (Communications) * Ngconde Balfour (Correctional Services) * Charles Nqakula (Defence) * Naledi Pandor (Education) * Marthinus van Schalkwyk (Environmental Affairs and Tourism) * Trevor Manuel (Finance) * Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (Foreign Affairs) * Barbara Hogan (Health) * Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula (Home Affairs) * Lindiwe Sisulu (Housing) * Siyabonga Cwele (Intelligence Services) * Enver Surty (Justice and Constitutional Development) * Membathisi Mdladlana (Labour) * Buyelwa Sonjica (Minerals and Energy) * Manto Tshabalala-Msimang (The Presidency) * Sicelo Shiceka (Provincial and Local Government) * Brigitte Mabandla (Public Enterprises) * Richard Baloyi (Public Service and Administration) * Geoff Doidge (Public Works) * Nathi Mthethwa (Safety and Security) * Mosibudi Mangena (Science and Technology) * Zola Skweyiya (Social Development) * Makhenkesi Stofile (Sport and Recreation) * Mandisi Mpahlwa (Trade and Industry) * Jeff Radebe (Transport) * Lindiwe Hendricks (Water Affairs and Forestry)

Ministers of Jacob Zuma's government (2009)

Deputy PresidentKgalema Motlanthe
MinistersTina Joemat-Peterson (Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries) * Lulu Xingwana (Arts and Culture) * Angie Motshekga (Basic Education) * Siphiwe Nyanda (Communications) * Sicelo Shiceka (Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs) * Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula (Correctional Services) * Lindiwe Sisulu (Defence and Military Veterans) * Ebrahim Patel (Economic Development) * Dipuo Peters (Energy) * Pravin Gordhan (Finance) * Aaron Motsoaledi (Health) * Blade Nzimande (Higher Education and Training) * Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (Home Affairs) * Tokyo Sexwale (Human Settlements) * Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (International Relations and Cooperation) * Jeff Radebe (Justice and Constitutional Development) * Membathisi Mdladlana (Labour) * Susan Shabangu (Mining) * Nathi Mthethwa (Police) * Barbara Hogan (Public Enterprises) * Richard Baloyi (Public service and Administration) * Geoff Doidge (Public Works) * Gugile Nkwinti (Rural Development and Land Reform) * Naledi Pandor (Science and Technology) * Edna Molewa (Social Development) * Makhenkesi Stofile (Sport and Recreation) * Siyabonga Cwele (State Security) * Trevor Manuel (The Presidency, for the National Planning Commission) * Collins Chabane (The Presidency) * Marthinus van Schalkwyk (Tourism) * Rob Davies (Trade and Industry) * S'bu Ndebele (Transport) * Buyelwa Sonjica (Water and Environmental Affairs) * Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya (Women, Youth, Children, and People with Disabilities)

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