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|5th Deputy President of South Africa|
25 September 2008 – 9 May 2009
|Preceded by||Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka|
|Succeeded by||Kgalema Motlanthe|
|2nd and 5th Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa|
21 May 2014 – 22 May 2019
|Preceded by||Max Sisulu|
|Succeeded by||Thandi Modise|
13 July 2004 – 25 September 2008
|Preceded by||Frene Ginwala|
|Succeeded by||Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde|
|National Chairperson of the African National Congress|
18 December 2007 – 18 December 2017
|Succeeded by||Gwede Mantashe|
|Secretary-General of the African National Congress Women's League|
(President of the African National Congress Women's League)
(Head of delegation)
|Succeeded by||Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula|
|Member of the National Assembly of South Africa|
1994 – 2019
24 September 1949 |
Durban, Union of South Africa
|Political party||African National Congress|
(m. 1978; div. 1992)
|Alma mater||Eshowe Training College
Lovedale Teacher Training College
Baleka Mbete (born 24 September 1949) is a South African politician who served as the Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa from May 2014 to May 2019. She was previously Speaker of the National Assembly from 2004 to 2008, and Deputy President of South Africa from 2008 to 2009 under Kgalema Motlanthe. She was elected National Chairperson of the African National Congress in 2007 and re-elected in 2012 and served until 18 December 2017. On the 18th of December 2017, during the ANC's 54th conference, Gwede Mantashe was elected Mbete's successor as National Chairperson of the ANC.
Mbete is the ex-wife of poet and activist Keorapetse Kgositsile.
After going into exile in 1976, Mbete 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.
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