Kgalema Petrus Motlanthe

Kgalema Petrus Motlanthe
  • Deputy President of South Africa

1970s, while working for Johannesburg City Council recruited into Umkhonto we Sizwe and formed part of unit responsible for military training recruitment; 1976, arrested and detained for 11 months; 1977, found guilty of three charges under Terrorism Act and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment at Robben Island prison; 1987, responsible for strengthening Union Movement; Education Officer within National Union of Mineworkers, responsible for training shop-stewards; involved in establishment of Mineworkers Investment Company and JB Marks Educational Trust, which provides bursaries to mineworkers and dependants; 1992, Secretary-General, National Union of Mineworkers; 1997-2007, Secretary-General, African National Congress; since 2008, Member of Parliament; 2008-09, President of South Africa; since May 2009, current position.