Jacob Zuma

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His Excellency
Jacob Zuma
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President of South Africa
Assumed office
9 May 2009
Deputy Kgalema Motlanthe
Preceded by Kgalema Motlanthe
President of the African National Congress
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 75)
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]

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). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/southafrica/4127176/ANCs-Jacob-Zuma-to-marry-for-fifth-time.html. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  2. "SA's Zuma marries his third wife". BBC News. 4 January 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8434865.stm. 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. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/may/08/aids.southafrica