Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know About The President of South Africa


The President of South Africa or Republic of South Africa as it is officially known is the head of government and head of state under the country’s constitution. In South Africa, the President is elected by members of the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, and is usually the leader of the largest party in the country, for some time now, this has been the African National Congress since the first non-racial elections were held on 27 April 1994. South Africa used to have prime minister, but the two roles were later merged in the 1983 constitution which specified a four-year term of office. The first President of South Africa to be elected in office under the new constitution was Nelson Mandela, and the current president of South Africa is Jacob Zuma.


Seal of the President of South Africa – This image was first published in South Africa and is in the public domain

Presidents of South Africa – Past and present South African heads state

Pieter Botha

Pieter Willem Botha, DMS (12 January 1916 – 31 October 2006) commonly known as PW and Die Groot Krokodil (Afrikaans for “The Big Crocodile”), was the prime minister of South Africa from 1978 to 1984, he was the first executive state president, from 1984 to 1989.

Frederik Willem de Klerk

Frederik Willem de Klerk was the last State President of apartheid-era South Africa, he served from September 1989 to May 1994. He was also the leader of the National Party, which later became the New National Party, from February 1989 to September 1997. He shared the Prince of Asturias Awards in 1992 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 along with Nelson Mandela for his role in the ending of apartheid. De Klerk received the Order of Mapungubwe, which is the highest honour South Africa can bestow on citizens and foreigners. De Klerk is best known for engineering the end of apartheid, South Africa’s racial segregation policy, and supporting the transformation of South Africa into a multi-racial democracy by entering into the negotiations that resulted in all citizens, he was the last state president of South Africa from 1989 – 1994

Nelson Mandela


Nelson Mandela was the first South African president of a truly democratic South Africa. He was the first black South African to hold the office of the president of South Africa, he was elected president in 1994, in South Africa’s first democratic election, and served until 1999. Prior to becoming president, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist: the leader of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the ANC and both president of the ANC Transvaal branch and the ANC’s deputy national president. What a lot of people didn’t know was that in 1952 Mandela and Oliver Tambo opened the first black legal firm in South Africa. Mandela served 27 years in prison, first on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison after being convicted of “plotting to destroy the South African state by sabotage” at the now famous Rivonia trial. An international campaign lobbied for his release and he was eventually released from prison on 11 February 1990. Mandela has received over 250 awards over four decades including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Soviet Order of Lenin. Mandela was the president of South Africa from 1994 – 1999.

Thabo Mbeki

Thabo Mbeki is a South African Politician who served almost two terms as the second post-apartheid President of South Africa, from 1999 to 2008. Mbeki also served as the Architect of NEPAD, he is also the brother of Moeletsi Mbeki.


Kgalema Motlanthe

Kgalema Motlanthe is the Deputy President of South Africa. He previously served as President of South Africa from 2008 to 2009, completing the second elected term of Thabo Mbeki when he resigned.

Jacob Zuma


Jacob Zuma is the president of South Africa who was elected by parliament following his party’s victory in the May 2009 general election. He has been President of the African National Congress since December 2007 and was crowned ‘African President of the Year’ in 2009. Jacob Zuma or JZ as he is sometimes referred to as has faced significant legal challenges. In 2005 he was charged with rape, but was eventually acquitted. he also fought a long legal battle over allegations of corruption and racketeering, Zuma is the president of South Africa from 2009 – present

Fascinating Facts About President of South Africa

In this article, we are going to focus on the current President of South Africa. Jacob Zuma was born in Nkandla Kwakiutl-Natal Province in South Africa in April 12,1942. His mother Nobhekisisa Bessie was a domestic worker, and father Gzinamazui Zuma was a police officer. Jacob Zuma started his political career at a very young age, joining the African National Congress (ANC) in 1958 at the age of 16, later becoming a member of a military arm for ANC called Spear Nation. In 1963 Jacob Zuma and other members of Spear Nation were arrested and convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the Government of South Africa serving ten years in prison from 1963 to 1973. After being released from prison, Jacob Zuma continues his work with ANC will living in exile in other countries in Africa.

In February of 1990 the ban was lifted on the opposing groups against racial segregation in South Africa by president F.W de Klerk, and Jacob Zuma returns to South Africa. Later in the year of 1990 he got elected in the Southern Natal Region becoming a leader in the role against violence in that region. Between the years of 1994 and 2009, he was elected to National Chairperson of ANC in 1994, ANC Deputy President in 1997, Deputy President of South Africa in 1999, and in May 2009 Inaugurated as President of South Africa.

In 2006 Jacob Zuma was brought up on charges charged and brought to trial for corruption for accepting bribes from a Thint Holdings, a french arms company. After a long extension of the case, the charges were later doped. In the year 2007 President Jacob Zuma was faced with more charges for racketeering and money laundering. In 2008 the case was thrown out the window for procedural grounds, in which prosecutors announced an appeal to the case.

President Jacob Zumba have a polygamist relationship with 3 wives and has over 20 children, and fathers one out of wedlock.

In 2010 he filed a $700,000 lawsuit over a political cartoon portraying him raping a female.

[Jacob Zuma – Fast Facts via CNN]