Jacob Zuma

4th President of South Africa (2009–2018)

Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma (born 12 April 1942)[4] in what is now Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal is a South African politician. He was the President of South Africa from 2009 to 2018.[5]

Jacob Zuma

Zuma in 2017
4th President of South Africa
In office
9 May 2009 – 14 February 2018
DeputyKgalema Motlanthe (2009–2014)
Cyril Ramaphosa (2014–2018)
Preceded byKgalema Motlanthe
Succeeded byCyril Ramaphosa
President of the African National Congress
In office
18 December 2007 – 18 December 2017
DeputyKgalema Motlanthe (2007–2012), Cyril Ramaphosa (2012–2017)
Preceded byThabo Mbeki
Succeeded byCyril Ramaphosa
Deputy President of South Africa
In office
14 June 1999 – 14 June 2005
PresidentThabo Mbeki
Preceded byThabo Mbeki
Succeeded byPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Member of Parliament
In office
Personal details
Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma

(1942-04-12) 12 April 1942 (age 82)
Inkandla, Natal Province, Union of South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Political partyAfrican National Congress (1959–present)
Spouse(s)Gertrude Sizakele Khumalo
Kate Zuma
Nkosazana Dlamini
Nompumelelo Ntuli
Thobeka Mabhija
Gloria Bongekile Ngema

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.[6]

In February 14, 2018 South Africa President Jacob Zuma resigned for a disputed disagreement instruction with the ruling African National Congress.[7]

Personal life


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.

Life after the presidency


On the eve of the African National Congress having a vote of no confidence against him, Zuma resigned.[9][10][11] A few weeks after he resigned, it was reported that he fathered a child with a 24 year old woman in a Durban hospital.[12][13]

On 29 June 2021, Zuma was sentenced to fifteen months in prison for not showing up to court over his corruption trial.[14]

In August 2021, Jacob Zuma received an insufficient pension to cover his legal costs. In any case, this is what his relatives suggest, who are calling on their fellow citizens to contribute to their former head of state.

In September 2021, the South African Constitutional Court scathingly dismissed former President Zuma's petition to reverse his ruling sentencing him to 15 months in prison for contempt of justice.[15]


  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. Archived from the original on 22 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  4. "Jacob Zuma - Biography & Facts". Encyclopedia Britannica.
  5. Shinn, David H.; Joshua Eisenman China and Africa: A Century of Engagement University of Pennsylvania Press 2012 page 351
  6. Nkosi, Milton (2 July 2012). "South Africa's Jacob Zuma on mines, land and leadership". BBC News.
  7. "South African President Jacob Zuma resigns from office". Fox News. 14 February 2018.
  8. Staff; agencies (8 May 2006). "Jacob Zuma cleared of rape" – via www.theguardian.com.
  9. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/14/jacob-zuma-resigns-south-africa-president%7C Jacob[permanent dead link] Zuma resigns as South Africa's president on eve of no-confidence vote | World news | The Guardian
  10. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-17450447%7CJacob[permanent dead link] Zuma - the survivor whose nine lives ran out - BBC News
  11. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/jacob-zuma-resigns-south-africa-president-180209204724335.html |Jacob Zuma resigns as South Africa's president
  12. https://m.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/breaking-jacob-zuma-fathered-a-child-with-a-24-year-old-20180420%7C Jacob[permanent dead link] Zuma fathered a child with a 24-year-old | News24
  13. https://www.huffingtonpost.co.za/2018/04/20/jacob-zuma-becomes-a-father-again_a_23416176/Jacob[permanent dead link] Zuma Becomes A Father Again
  14. Basson, Adriaan; et al. (29 June 2021). "Zuma found guilty of contempt of court, sentenced to 15 months imprisonment by ConCourt". news24. Archived from the original on 29 June 2021. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  15. https://www.journaldequebec.com/2021/09/17/afrique-du-sud-la-justice-confirme-la-condamnation-de-jacob-zuma-a-de-la-prison Afrique du Sud: la justice confirme la condamnation de Jacob Zuma à de la prison