President Jacob Zuma smiles next to Deputy President Kalema Motlanthe after delivering the opening Political Report speech at the ANC 53rd National Conference held at the University of the Free State, Mangaung. 161212. picture: Chris Collingridge 822

Bloemfontein - Former ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe will lead the party's political education programme, President Jacob Zuma announced on Thursday.

Zuma said the leader had to be a “seasoned cadre of the movement” who knew about the African National Congress.

“We discussed this with deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and former deputy Kgalema Motlanthe,” Zuma said in his closing address at the ANC's 53rd national elective conference.

“We thank the former deputy president for availing himself for this critical task,” he said to cheers from delegates. - Sapa