Jacob Zuma

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His Excellency
Jacob Zuma
GCB
President of South Africa
Incumbent
Assumed office
9 May 2009
Deputy Kgalema Motlanthe
Preceded by Kgalema Motlanthe
President of the African National Congress
Incumbent
Assumed office
18 December 2007
Deputy Kgalema Motlanthe (2007–2012), Cyril Ramaphosa (2012–present)
Preceded by Thabo Mbeki
Deputy President of South Africa
In office
14 June 1999 – 14 June 2005
President Thabo Mbeki
Preceded by Thabo Mbeki
Succeeded by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Member of Parliament
In office
1999–2005
Personal details
Born Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma
12 April 1942 (1942-04-12) (age 72)
Inkandla, Natal Province, Union of South Africa
Nationality South African
Political party African National Congress (1959–present)
Spouse(s) Gertrude Sizakele Khumalo
(1973–present)
Kate Zuma
(1976–2000)[1]
Nkosazana Dlamini
(1982–1998)
Nompumelelo Ntuli
(2008–present)
Thobeka Mabhija
(2010–present)[2]
Gloria Bongekile Ngema
(2012–present)[3]
Children 20
Religion Protestantism
(Full Gospel Church of Southern Africa)[4]

Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma (born 12 April 1942)[5] in what is now Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal is a South African politician. He has been the President of South Africa since 2009. [6]

Zuma did not go to school.

In the 1960s, he was against the government of South Africa's policy of apartheid. He spent some time in prison on Robben Island for conspiring to overthrow the government.[7]

Personal life[change | change source]

In 2005 he was charged with rape but he was found not guilty.[8]

Zuma is a proud Zulu. One of their traditions he follows is polygyny (having more than one wife). He has had six wives (one of them killed herself in 2000) and has fathered more than twenty children.

Zuma was the person to tell the public on December 5, 2013 that Nelson Mandela had died.

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