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 masters’ level. He has been a member of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) since 1975.
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 Chair of the AU High Level Implementation Panel for Sudan which is assisting the democratisation process in Sudan and the AU-UN High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Outflows from Africa.
Mr Mbeki has previously facilitated peace negotiations in various African countries, including Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Burundi, the Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
He is the patron of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation and Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute in partnership with the University of South Africa. Mr. Mbeki is married to Mrs. Zanele Mbeki.
Unisa will officially conduct the inauguration of Mr Mbeki as the newly-appointed chancellor of the university on Monday 27 February 2017.