Last Updated on January 3, 2024, 9:32 am
Thabo Mbeki was the South Africa’s second president after the legendary Nelson Mandela.
Thabo Mbeki, a former president of South Africa, passed away after a sudden heart ailment on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. He was 74 years old at the time of death.
Who was Thabo Mbeki?
Thabo Mbeki was the second president after the end of apartheid. He succeeded after the legendary Nelson Mandela. Thabo was deputy president under Nelson Mandela from 1994 to 1999. After Nelson Mandela, he served as the second president of South Africa from July 14, 1999 to September 24, 2008. He resigned at the African National Congress (ANC) party’s request.
He was born on June 18, 1942, to Govan Mbeki, a renowned ANC intellectual. Mbeki joined the ANC Youth League in 1956 and has been involved in the ANC politics since then. He has been a member of the party’s National Executive Committee since 1975.
He attended a university in England and also spent almost three decades in exile abroad during the ban on ANC. He returned home after the ban was lifted in 1990. He was an experienced diplomat and represented his party in several African outposts. He was an early advocate for and leader of the diplomatic engagements, which led to the negotiations to end apartheid.
After South Africa’s first democratic election in 1994, he was appointed national deputy president under Nelson Mandela’s presidency. He was Nelson Mandela’s chosen successor, and he was elected unopposed as ANC president in 1998. He became South Africa’s second elected president as an ANC candidate in the 1999 elections.
After resigning from the presidency, he established The Thabo Mbeki Foundation, which shows his continued commitment to the continent’s development. The foundation focuses on promoting peace, economic development, and pan-Africanism, designed to contribute to a renaissance in Africa.
What happened to Thabo Mbeki?
Thabo Mbeki passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at the age of 74, from a sudden heart ailment. His family has yet to release an official statement regarding his death. His death was confirmed with several news outlets that have reported the tragic news of his departure. He was a seasoned diplomat and a revered politician. He played an integral role in the end of apartheid in South Africa with his unparalleled diplomatic efforts. His death has come as a significant loss to the political landscape of South Africa. His legacy will live on in the contributions he made for the betterment of his nation.
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