Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki
Former President of South Africa 1999 - 2008
Date of Birth: 18-06-1942 Place of Birth: Idutywa, Eastern Cape
Thabo Mbeki (son of Govan Mbeki) is a South African politician who served almost two terms as the second post-apartheid President of South Africa from 14 June 1999 to 24 September 2008. On 20 September 2008, he announced his resignation after being recalled by the African National Congress's National Executive Committee, following a conclusion by Judge Nicholson of improper interference in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), including the prosecution of Jacob Zuma for corruption. He was the architect of NEPAD whose aim is to develop an integrated socio-economic development framework for Africa. Mbeki has mediated in difficult and complex issues on the African continent including Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Ivory Coast, and some important peace agreements (i.e. in Zimbabwe).