Jacob Zuma (JZ) is the 4th President of South Africa, and the president of the African National Congress (ANC).
JZ was born on the 12th of April 1942, from both South African parents. His Father was a police man and his mum a domestic worker. Due to his background, JZ never received any formal schooling while growing up.
Zuma has been married six times and has over 19 children
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Zuma began his political career at a young age; at the age of 17 he decided to join the ANC. Eventually thegovernment placed a ban on the ANC in 1962, which made JZ moved over to the South African Communist Party (SACP) a year later. That same year, he was sentenced to ten years in prison for plotting against the Apartheid government; ran by the white minorities.
After JZ was released from prison, he became active in the reformation of the ANC party and became a member of the party’s Executive Committee in 1977. In 1984 he became the Chief Representative of the party; this was after his service as the Chief Representative to the ANC in Mozambique.
The ban on the ANC party was eventually lifted in 1990 and JZ among a few other party leaders returned back to South Africa to revive the party. Shortly after, he was made the Chairperson of the ANC for the Southern Natal region and he focused on eradicating the political violence in the region between his party and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP).
JZ commitments and persistence in the ANC party saw him elevate to various roles, from strength to strength. Eventually in June 1999, Zuma was appointed the executive Deputy President of South Africa.
In 2005 JZ was removed by the President as the Deputy President due to various fraud and corruption related cases on Zuma. In 2007 JZ became the President of the ANC, beating his rival Mbeki by almost doubling the votes he had.
In 2009 Zuma became the President of South Africa and decided to run a second term in 2014 which he won.
In 2005, JW was accused of rape by a 31 year old woman; who was from a prominent ANC family. The lady was also known to be HIV-positive and though JZ claimed that the sex was consensual; charges were filed against him regarding the case.
As the case went on, the prosecution asserted that her lack of resistance was due to a state of shock, and that the relationship between the two was like that of a ‘father-daughter’ pair. JZ further admitted that he didn’t use a condom while having sex with her, even though he knew she was HIV-positive. He finally ended his statement saying he took a hot shower afterwards to prevent him from contracting the virus.
On the 8th of May 2006, the court found Zuma not guilty and ended the case stating; the sexual act between them was consensual.
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