Kgalema Petrus Motlanthe
(pronounced ) (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......