South Africa

Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma (Msholozi)

President of South Africa (since 2009)

Date of Birth: 12/04/1942
Place of Birth: Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal Province

Career: Chief Representative, ANC (the year of the signing of the Nkomati Accord between the Mozambican and South African governments), Mozambique, 1984; Deputy Secretary-General, ANC, 1991-94; Member, Executive Council, Economic Affairs and Tourism, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Provincial Government, 1994-99; National Chairman, ANC Council, 1995-97; Leader, Government Business in the National Assembly, 1997-2005; Deputy President, ANC, 1997-2000; MP, ANC: National Assembly, 1999-2005; Deputy President, 1999-2005; President, ANC, 1997 to date; President, South Africa, 2009 to date.

Commentary: A veteran of public scandal, he has had to make three public apologies to date, but reports of Zuma's political demise are exaggerated. ANC insiders have briefed jounalists that Zuma's promiscuity was a liability and have put pressure on him to apologise for his latest aberration, fathering another child out of wedlock with the daughter of football mogul Irvin Khoza, came from some of his most senior allies, KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize, leader of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Zwelinzima Vavi and South African Communist Party (SACP) Secretary General Blade Nzimande. However, despite murmurs of disapproval from the public and within the ANC, Zuma’s approval ratings appear not to have dipped much since polls late last year. A TNS survey conducted in the week of his parliamentary address showed that his popularity hinged on service delivery rather than his sex life. The survey, conducted among a sample of 2,000 adults in seven cities, showed Zuma’s approval level rose from 40% at the beginning of 2009 to 58% last November.


Displaying 1-10 out of 374 results.

Vol 55 N0 23

SOUTH AFRICA

Gloom settles on economy

Six months into President Jacob Zuma's last term of office, the economic forecasts are worsening...

Long-running battles on its Board are often blamed on Chairwoman Dudu Myeni, who is seen as a political untouchable because of her closeness to Zuma and his family and her status as Executive Chairwoman of the Jacob Zuma Foundation...

Ambitious and charismatic, she plays a key role as party bagman in strong-arming corporate donations to the Jacob Zuma Foundation and African National Congress bodies...

Vol 55 N0 23

SOUTH AFRICA

Hard times for the revenue service

Often held up as a model tax organisation for developing countries under the leadership of Pravin Gordhan in 1999-2009, it is now the latest body to be caught in the multiple controversies swirling around President Jacob Zuma and the governing African National Congress (ANC)...

Vol 55 N0 22

SOUTH AFRICA

Splinter injuries

Some have cast the battle as for or against President Jacob Zuma, with the ANC loyalist group led by Cosatu President Sidumo Dlamini and supported by the remaining Cosatu affiliates, including the National Union of Mineworkers, SA Democratic Teachers Union and National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union...

Vol 55 N0 21

NIGERIA | SOUTH AFRICA

Clash of the Titans

South African ex-President Thabo Mbeki and Nigerian ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo are working behind the scenes to try to reconcile Presidents Jacob Zuma and Goodluck Jonathan, Africa Confidential understands...

Vol 55 N0 20

SOUTH AFRICA

DBSA moves centre stage

President Jacob Zuma had earmarked the former head of the South African Secret Service, Riaz 'Mo' Shaik, to run the planned subsidiary (AC Vol 53 No 14, Bank to bank)...

Vol 55 N0 20

SOUTH AFRICA

Julius Malema in the dock

During a televised sitting of the House in August, Malema and his EFF MPs repeatedly called on President Jacob Zuma to 'pay back the money' spent on renovating his private residence in KwaZulu-Natal and which has set the aggravated public back more than US$23 million (AC Vol 55 No 17, Crunch time for the unions)...

Vol 55 N0 20

SOUTH AFRICA

Gauteng challenge

Five months after the May general elections that returned President Jacob Zuma and the African National Congress to office, the provincial conference of the Gauteng ANC, which opened on 3 October, designated Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa heir apparent...

Vol 55 N0 19

SOUTH AFRICA | RUSSIA

Nuclear secrets

President Jacob Zuma spent a week in Russia in late August and met Russian President Vladimir Putin at his official residence at Novo-Ogarevo, just north of Moscow...

Vol 55 N0 18

LESOTHO

Trouble in the neighbourhood

South African President Jacob Zuma escorted Thabane to Maseru under South African Police Service guard...

Vol 55 N0 18

SOUTH AFRICA

Dividing the spoils

Her husband, Jeff Radebe, is Minister in the Presidency and has long enjoyed the ear of President Jacob Zuma...

Displaying 1-10 out of 374 results.