Jacob Zuma

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Jacob Zuma

Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma (Inkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, April 12, 1942) is a South African politician and current president of South Africa, he is also the current president of the African National Congress (ANC), political party in power in the Republic of South Africa, elected by the National Conference on December 18, 2007. Zuma was vice president of the Republic from 1999 to 2005.

Jacob Zuma’s Biography


Zuma was born in Zululand (now part of KwaZulu-Natal). His father was a policeman, and he died while Zuma was still a child. His isibongo (clan name) is Zuma, and is called Msholozi affectively. He attended school only for a few years, and did not receive any formal education after primary school. In his youth his family settled in the suburbs of Durban, in the Umkhumbane region (Chesterville).

Prison and exile

Zuma joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1959. He became one of the leaders of the Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1962. He joined the South African Communist Party (SACP) in 1963. In the same year he was arrested and accused of conspiring to overthrow the government, being sentenced to ten years in prison, which happened on Robben Island, with Nelson Mandela and other leaders of the ANC.

He went into exile in 1975, establishing himself first in Swaziland, and then in Mozambique. He became a member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC in 1977, also serving as representative of the ANC in Mozambique, a position he held until the signing of the Nkomati Agreement.

Zuma was forced to leave Mozambique in January 1987, moving to the ANC headquarters, then in Lusaka (Zambia). He was elected to the party’s politburo in April 1989. His term in office is still a source of considerable controversy.

Return from exile

Following the legalization of the ANC, in February 1990, Zuma was one of the first party leaders to return to the country and start the negotiation process.

In 1990 he was elected as Director of the ANC for the Natal region, and he assumed a leading role in the fight against political violence in the region, between members of the ANC and Inkatha (Inkatha Freedom Party, “Inkatha Party of the Liberdad “, IFP). He was elected vice-secretary general of the ANC that same year, and in January 1994 he was appointed candidate of the party for KwaZulu-Natal.


Jacob Zuma being received by the Obama family at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2009.

After the 1994 general election, he was appointed as a Member of the Executive Committee (MEC) for Economic Affairs and Tourism of the provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal. In December of the same year, he was elected national leader of the ANC, and executive leader of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal, being re-elected in 1996. He was elected vice-president of the ANC at the National Conference held in Mafikeng, in December 1997, and was appointed vice-president of the country in June 1999.

President Thabo Mbeki removed Zuma from his duties as vice-president on July 14, 2005, due to accusations of corruption linked to the South African Arms Agreement, made in 1999.

Presidency of the ANC

After a series of party conferences between October and November 2007, Zuma emerged as a favorite for the office of party president, being officially elected to the post on December 18, 2007, by 2,329 votes, defeating the 1,505 votes of Thabo Mbeki. A few days later, on December 28, several accusations against Zuma broke out of money laundering, political corruption and fraud.

In September 2008 the ANC withdrew Thabo Mbeki from the country’s presidency, and placed the vice president, Kgalema Motlanthe, as interim president until the 2009 general election, when Zuma became the new president of the country. 11]

Jacob Zuma Net Worth – $20 Million

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