Baleka Mbete Biography
Baleka Mbete was born on 24th September 1949 in South Africa. She is a South African politician and the Speaker for the National Assembly and Chairperson of the African National Congress. She also serves as a member of Parliament and is a member of the Constitutional Assembly.
Baleka Mbete Education Qualifications – Baleka Mbete Qualifications
Ended 2000: Post Graduate Certificate International Humanitarian & Human Rights Law at the University of Cape Town.
Ended 1999: Post Graduate Certificate Basic Principles of Pub International Law at the University of Cape Town.
Ended 1998: Post Graduate Certificate Framework for Governance at the University of Cape Town.
Ended 1973: Certificate of Teaching, Lovedale Teachers College.
Baleka Mbete Age
She was born on 24th September 1949.
Baleka Mbete Exile
In 1976 he went to exile and she taught in Mbabane in Swaziland, and went on to work for the African National Congress (ANC) in several other African cities, including Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Nairobi in Kenya, Gaborone in Botswana, Harare in Zimbabwe, and Lusaka in Zambia. She returned to South Africa from exile in June 1990.
Baleka Mbete Teaching Career
She taught at Isibonelo high school for one year from 1974 to 1975. She also taught at Mater Dolorosa High School in 1978 to 1981.
Baleka Mbete Political Career
She was elected the secretary-general of ANC Women’s League in 1991 until 1993. In 1994 she was elected as an MP for the ANC and was appointed chair of the ANC parliamentary caucus in 1995 and was the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa from 1996 to 2004. Appointed by the late President Nelson Mandela to the leadership of the new parliament back in 1996 as Deputy Speaker (deputising Speaker Ginwala), she has been part of establishing a new parliamentary sector and culture. She spearheaded the formulation of the FMPPLA, the Financial Management of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act, which guides the whole legislative sector.
From April 2004, Mbete became the Speaker of the National Assembly. On 18 December 2007, at the 52nd National Elective Conference of the ANC held in Polokwane, Mbete was elected as the ANC’s national chairperson.
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On 25th September 2008 she was appointed by Motlanthe as Deputy President. On 10 May 2009 she was replaced as Deputy President by incoming President Jacob Zuma, who elected to appoint Motlanthe as his deputy.
On May 2014 she was nominated for the position of Speaker of the National Assembly. On 10 September 2014, five opposition parties, including the Democratic Alliance and Economic Freedom Fighters, stated that they planned to submit a motion of no confidence in Mbete, and claimed that she could not simultaneously serve as chairwoman of the ANC and as Speaker of the National Assembly. A debate held in Parliament on 16 September resulted in the motion being rejected by 234 votes to none. This was a result of opposition parties collectively walking out of the house after the ANC tried to change the vote into one of confidence in Mbete instead.
Baleka Mbete Political Positions
- May 2014- Present: Speaker of the Government of South Africa.
- 2007- Present: National Chairperson of African National Congress.
- 2008- 2009: Deputy President of South Africa.
- 2004-2008: Speaker of the National Assembly, Parliament of South Africa.
- 1996- 2004: Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Parliament of South Africa.
- 1994: National Spokesperson of the African National Congress.
- 1991-1993: Secretary General African National Congress Women’s League.
Baleka Mbete Membership
- Member of the Presidential Panel on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
- Member of the ANC National Executive Committee.
Baleka Mbete Husband – Baleka Mbete Marriage
In 1978, Mbete married Keorapetse Kgositsile, an exiled South African poet, writer, political activist and influential member of the ANC but they later divorced in 1992. In 2016, she married Moses Mokgatle Khomo on her 67th birthday.
Baleka Mbete Children
Mbete is a mother of 5 and enjoys 4 grandchildren.
Baleka Mbete Son – Baleka Mbete Daughter
Duma Kgositsile – Son
Nkuli Kgositsile – Daughter
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Baleka Mbete Salary
Baleka Mbete earns a whopping R2‚716‚798 a year as of April 1 2015‚ according to the government gazette. That averages out to R226‚400 a month.
Baleka Mbete Net Worth
Her estimated net worth will be updated.
Ms Mbete was recently awarded the 2016 King Legacy Award by the Martin Luther King Jr Foundation, in the United States for her distinguished leadership roles over the years and for her positive contributions in the global community.
Baleka Mbete News – Baleka Mbete Latest News
Speaker of parliament Baleka Mbete on 16 January 2018 bid an emotional farewell to her ex-husband‚ the late poet laureate Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile.
Attending the special official funeral service for Kgositsile in Johannesburg‚ Mbete was seen with tears rolling down her face during the service.
Mbete‚ who also attended a memorial service last week‚ married the then exiled poet Kgositsile in 1979. The couple had two children together.
Kgositsile died in Johannesburg on January 3 at the age of 79 after a short illness. The people’s poet is survived by his wife‚ Baby Dorcas Kgositsile‚ seven children and several grandchildren.
The funeral was attended by politicians‚ poets‚ musicians and many other contributors to arts and culture. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver a eulogy.