Jacob Zuma

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His Excellency
Jacob Zuma
Jacob G. Zuma - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2010.jpg
4th President of South Africa
In office
9 May 2009 – 14 February 2018
Deputy Kgalema Motlanthe (2009–2014)
Cyril Ramaphosa (2014–2018)
Preceded by Kgalema Motlanthe
Succeeded by Cyril Ramaphosa
President of the African National Congress
In office
18 December 2007 – 18 December 2017
Deputy Kgalema Motlanthe (2007–2012), Cyril Ramaphosa (2012–2017)
Preceded by Thabo Mbeki
Succeeded by Cyril Ramaphosa
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
Personal details
Born Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma
(1942-04-12) 12 April 1942 (age 76)
Inkandla, Natal Province, Union of South Africa
Nationality South African
Political party African National Congress (1959–present)
Spouse(s) Gertrude Sizakele Khumalo
Kate Zuma
Nkosazana Dlamini
Nompumelelo Ntuli
Thobeka Mabhija
Gloria Bongekile Ngema
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 from 2009 to 2018. [6]

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]

In February 14, 2018 South Africa President Jacob Zuma resigned for a disputed disagreement instruction with the ruling African National Congress.[8]

Personal life[change | change source]

In 2005 he was charged with rape but he was found not guilty.[9]

One of their traditions he follows is polygamy (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.

References[change | change source]

  1. Berger, Sebastien (5 January 2009). "ANC's Jacob Zuma to marry for fifth time". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  2. "SA's Zuma marries his third wife". BBC News. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  3. "South Africa's polygamous president marries fourth wife". BNO News. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  4. "News – Politics: Church lauds Zuma as honorary pastor". Independent Online. South Africa. Retrieved 15 September 2010. 
  5. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1113190/Jacob-Zuma
  6. Shinn, David H.; Joshua Eisenman China and Africa: A Century of Engagement University of Pennsylvania Press 2012 page 351
  7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18678408
  8. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/02/14/south-african-president-jacob-zuma-resigns-from-office.html
  9. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/may/08/aids.southafrica