Kgalema Motlanthe is Elected as the President of South Africa
Kgalema Petrus Motlanthe (pronounced [ˈk͡xɑ.lɪ.mɑ mʊ.ˈt͡ɬ’ɑ.n.tʰɛ]) (born 19 July 1949) is a South African politician who served as President of South Africa between 25 September 2008 and 9 May 2009, completing the second elected term of Thabo Mbeki.
Motlanthe is currently serving as Deputy President of South Africa under current South African president Jacob Zuma. He is also concurrently serving as Deputy President of the African National Congress (ANC), again under Zuma.
The National Assembly is the lower house of the Parliament of South Africa, located in Cape Town, Western Cape Province. It consists of no fewer than 350 and no more than 400 members. It is a mixed member proportional system where half of the members are elected proportionally from 9 provincial lists and the remaining half from national lists so as to restore proportionality. Members serve 5 year terms.
The National Assembly is presided over by a Speaker, assisted by a Deputy Speaker. The current Speaker is Max Sisulu and the Deputy Speaker is Nomaindia Mfeketo; they were elected on 6 May 2009.
An indirect presidential election was held in South Africa on September 25, 2008 following the resignation of the President Thabo Mbeki. The ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), with a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly of South Africa, elected Kgalema Motlanthe as President. The ANC indicated that Motlanthe would be a "caretaker" president until the 2009 election, after which ANC President Jacob Zuma would take office.