"Kgalema Motlanthe has had an illustrious political career. He served as President of South Africa between 25 September 2008 and 9 May 2009 following the resignation of Thabo Mbeki. He was subsequently appointed Deputy President of South Africa from 2009-2014.
"He played a long and distinguished role in the African National Congress (ANC), beginning as a student activist, trade unionist and member of the ANC's military wing during the struggle against apartheid. In 1976, he was arrested for furthering the aims of the ANC and later imprisoned by the apartheid regime for ten years on Robben Island. Following his release, he held senior roles with the ANC, including serving as Deputy President of the ANC from 2007 until 2012.
"He is regarded in South Africa as an ‘elder’ and now heads the Motlanthe Foundation which is committed to social causes, including education and human rights. Recently, he was asked to chair the Parliamentary High Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and The Acceleration of Fundamental Change."