The Question:

Who succeeded Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa? Where did he come from?

The Answer:

On June 2, 1999, Thabo Mbeki was elected president of South Africa. Mbeki was born in the Transkei region of South Africa on June 18, 1942. His father, Govan, was arrested with Mandela in 1964 for their political work.

To learn more about Mbeki check out our new Infoplease Spotlight article called Thabo Mbeki: Profile of South Africa's President-Elect.

—The Editors