Mosiuoa Gerard Patrick Lekota is 'n Suid-Afrikaanse politikus en voormalige lid van die ANC. Hy was ook bekend as Terror Lekota as gevolg van die manier hoe hy sokker gespeel het. Hy was in die tronk op Robbeneiland weens sy politieke aktiwiteite tydens die apartheidsera. Hy was premier van die Vrystaat na die 1994 verkiesing tot in 1996, en was minister van verdediging van 1999 tot 25 September 2008 toe hy as minister bedank het nadat die ANC se Uitvoerende Bestuurskomitee president Thabo Mbeki gedwing het om te bedank.
Aankondiging van 'n nuwe party
Op 8 Oktober 2008 kondig Lekota aan dat die ANC-faksie wat lojaal teenoor Mbeki was hulle "skeipapiere" indien, wat aandui op 'n skeuring van die ANC en die stigting van 'n nuwe politieke beweging. As die aankondiging deurgevoer word, sal dit die eerste groot skeuring in die ANC wees sedert die PAC in 1959 van die ANC afgestig het.
Die aankondiging was deur die ANC-leiers verwerp en as onbenullig afgemaak, terwyl die Suid-Afrikaanse Kommunisteparty heftig daarteen gekant is. Ongeag is die aankondiging deur lede van opposisie partye, insluitend Helen Zille van die Demokratiese Alliansie en Bantu Holomisa van die Verenigde Demokratiese Beweging verwelkom.
Op 14 Oktober skort die ANC beide Lekota en Mluleki George se lidmaatskap tot die party op.
Mosiuoa Gerard Patrick Lekota (born 13 August 1948) is a South African politician who currently serves as the President and Leader of the Congress of the People since 16 December 2008.
Previously as a member of the African National Congress, under President Thabo Mbeki, he served in the Cabinet of South Africa as Minister of Defence from 17 June 1999 to 25 September 2008. His nickname Terror Lekota comes from his playing style on the soccer field. He was a leader of the United Democratic Front and a key defendant in the Delmas Treason Trial, 1985 to 1988.
Lekota was born in Kroonstad. He had his primary education at Emma Farm School and most of his secondary education at Mariazel High School in Matatiele. However, he matriculated at St. Francis College in Mariannhill in 1969. University of the North, Lekota was expelled due to his Student Representative Council- and Black Consciousness Movement-aligned South African Students' Organization (SASO) activities in 1972.
Although he enrolled for a social science degree at the
Lekota became a permanent organiser for SASO in 1974, but was imprisoned at Robben Island Prison for "conspiring to commit acts endangering the maintenance of law and order" during the same year. He had organised victory rallies to celebrate the independence of Mozambique. He was released from prison in 1982. After his release, he was elected publicity secretary of the United Democratic Front (UDF) in 1983. In 1985, Lekota was detained and later sentenced in the Delmas Treason Trial.
However, he was released in 1989 after the Appeal Court reviewed the sentence.
In 1990, Lekota became convenor of the African National Congress in Southern Natal and was subsequently elected to the ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) and its National Working Committee (NWC). He was appointed as the ANC's Chief of Intelligence in 1991 and elected as secretary for the organisation's electoral commission in 1992. After the first fully democratic elections in South Africa in 1994, Lekota was elected premier of the Free State province. He held this position until 1996.
Lekota subsequently served as the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces from 1997 to 1999, before being appointed Minister of Defence. In this position he was responsible for ordering eight A400M military transport aircraft from Airbus by the Armscor parastatal in 2005, for a price of R17bn. He was also elected as National Chairperson of the ANC in December 1997, a position which he held until 2007. He was succeeded by Baleka Mbete. Following the resignation of President Thabo Mbeki in September 2008, Lekota was one of ten ministers who submitted their resignations, on 23 September.
On 16 December, 2008, Lekota announced his candidacy for the leadership of COPE: being the only candidate, he was elected without a vote and announced as the first President of COPE at the convention. His Deputies, Mbhazima Shilowa and Lynda Odendaal, were also announced. On 20 February 2009, Lekota lost the battle for his party's presidential candidacy. Lekota did not take up a seat in Parliament after the election; instead, COPE decided that he should concentrate on organizing and building the party, together with Secretary-General Charlotte Lobe.
Lekota is married and has three children, one daughter and two sons; his wife Cynthia was a former teacher in the Free State. He is a fluent speaker of English, Afrikaans, Tswana, Sotho, Xhosa and Zulu. He also has a child with former Cape Nature deputy chairwoman Yasmina Pandy.
6 November 2008