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.


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EUROPEAN UNION | AFRICA

Some partners are more equal than others

The run-up to the summit was marked by debate over which presidents were not coming, such as South Africa’s Jacob Zuma, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe (enraged that his wife, Grace Mugabe, was denied an invitation) and invalids such as Algeria’s Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Côte d’Ivoire’s Alassane Dramane Ouattara...

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CONGO-KINSHASA

Hitch for dam plan

During President Jacob Zuma’s state visit to Kinshasa last October, the two Presidents signed an agreement on Inga governing the electricity trade between their countries...

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SOUTH AFRICA

Nkandla report hurts Zuma

The findings of an official investigation that President Jacob Zuma personally benefited from the multi-million dollar refurbishment of his Nkandla homestead will weaken his position and cost the governing African National Congress votes in the general elections on 7 May...

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SOUTH AFRICA

The ANC’s top hundred

That is because of the vetting power of the ANC and national President Jacob Zuma, who is of course first on the list: proven loyalists have been promoted; dissidents or those of suspect loyalty have been pushed down the list or excluded...

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SOUTH AFRICA

Which ANC will win?

Below 60% would be a serious blow for President Jacob Zuma and could spark a challenge within the party...

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SOUTH AFRICA

Restrained budget could be Gordhan’s last

This is the fifth budget of President Jacob Zuma’s first term as President and could be Gordhan’s last...

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SOUTH AFRICA

Zuma talks up the state

Nearly 6 million rand (US$560,000) was spent on the ceremony for the State of the Nation Address as a tired-looking President Jacob Zuma put a brave face on the economy and avoided difficult subjects...

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AFRICAN UNION

Danger, road works ahead

A summit on ACIRC in South Africa in November was attended by just four presidents (South Africa's Jacob Zuma, Chad's Idriss Déby Itno, Uganda's Yoweri Museveni and Tanzania's Jakaya Kikwete)...

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SOUTH AFRICA

Kissing cousins no more

The critical number is 60%: as long as the ANC’s share of the vote is higher, President Jacob Zuma can claim a successful campaign and see off rivals...

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SOUTH AFRICA

Poll shock alarms ANC

South Africans are waiting for President Jacob Zuma to announce the date but with only three weeks left to register, the sense of expectation has grown...

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