Facts You Did Not Know About South African President Jacob Zuma
Born on April 12, 1972, Jacob GedleyihlekisaZuma grew up in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal. As a child, Jacob Zuma, did not receive any formal education. When he was five years old, his father who was a policeman, died just after World War II. His mother found a job as a domestic worker. Jacob Zuma learned to read and write Zulu on his own. He also learned to speak other languages fluently such as French, Portuguese, Russian, Xhosa and Swahili. Jacob Zuma is has 21 children and has been married six times. He remains married to four women as he has divorced one of his wives while the other one died.
Jacob Zuma engaged in politics at a young age, joining the African National Congress. In 1962, he became a member of the African National Congress, the Umkhonto we Sizwe, when the South African government banned the party. In 1963, he joined the SACP or the South African Communist Party. During this time, he underwent Soviet Union military training. He eventually became the head of the Department of Intelligence of the African National Congress.
Jacob Zuma was imprisoned for 10 years at Robben Island. This was after he was arrested in 1963 along with 45 other members of the ANC. He and the other recruits, including Nelson Mandela, were jailed because of their involvement in the plan to overthrow the government. While serving his time at Robben Island, he became the referee of football games which were organised by Makana F.A.
Jacob Zuma was forced to depart Mozambique in 1987 following the order of the government. He went to Lusaka, Zimbabwe where he was appointed as the Head of Underground Structures. The headquarters of the African National Congress was also transferred to Zimbabwe. Learn more about President Zuma at http://buzzsouthafrica.com/news/zuma/.
In 1999, while serving as Executive Deputy President of South Africa, he became plagued with corruption allegations as he was said to have mismanaged 29 million rand used for acquiring boats, planes, helicopters and submarines. The charges were dropped in 2003. Jacob Zuma also faced rape allegations in 2005 when a woman claimed that she was raped by Zuma in his home. He pleaded guilty and stood trial but he was acquitted of the rape charges. However, he received criticism for his lack of knowledge about HIV and AIDS.
South African President Jacob Zuma has a very charismatic personality. He has made many prestigious accomplishments despite coming from a humble background. His story is something an average South African will relate to very well. Know more about President Zuma at http://buzzsouthafrica.com/news/zuma/.