Thabo Mbeki

Mr Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki was born on June 18, 1942 in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. He joined the ANC Youth League in 1956 at the age of 13 and left South Africa for exile in 1962.

Mr Mbeki read Economics at Sussex University in England up to the masters’ level. He has been a member of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) since 1975.

Mr Mbeki is married to Mrs Zanele Mbeki.

He was appointed Deputy President of South Africa in 1994 and twice elected President in 1999 and 2004.

On September 23, 2008, Mr Mbeki resigned as President of South Africa after being asked to do so by the ANC NEC.

He is currently the Chairperson of the AU High Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan, the Chairperson of the AU High Panel on the Security of the Horn of Africa and the AU-UN High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Outflows from Africa. In addition, he also the Chairperson the Board of the South Center, a think of the countries of the Global South, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mr Mbeki has previously facilitated peace negotiations in various African countries, including Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Burundi, the Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Upon his retirement as the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Mbeki set up the Thabo Mbeki Foundation, of which he is a Patron, to pursue the ideals of Africa’s Renaissance and through which he undertakes various activities consistent with this ideals. He is currently the Chancellor of the University of South Africa.