Today in history: Thabo Mbeki is born

By Drum Digital
18 June 2015

Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki was born in Idutywa in Transkei on June 8 1942

Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki was born in Idutywa in Transkei on June 18, 1942

Both his parents were activists -  his father, Govan Mbeki, was a prominent member of the ANC in the Eastern Cape.

After his schooling at Lovedale Academy was interrupted by a strike in 1959, he completed his studies at home. He later moved to Britain where he completed a Masters degree in economics at Sussex University.

After South Africa's first democratic election in April 1994, Nelson Mandela chose Mbeki to be the first deputy president.

Mbeki was elected President of South Africa on 14 June 1999 and was inaugurated as President on 16 June 1999.

Mbeki resigned from the presidency in 2008, just a few months before he was to complete his second term in office.

Source: SAHistoryOnline

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