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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Jobs for the boys – and girls

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela still has an open file on the funding of President Jacob Zuma's private homestead, Nkandla (AC Vol 55 No 6, Nkandla report hurts Zuma)...

The appointment of family members or close comrades to senior government positions is hardly new but intensified after Jacob Zuma was elected African National Congress President at the party's's Polokwane conference in 2007...

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Invoking higher powers

President Jacob Zuma has been quick to distance himself from the affair...

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Princess Guebuza weds

The guest list is believed to include South African President Jacob Zuma and King Mswati III of Swaziland...

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Africa policy moves up the agenda

Hollande visited South African President Jacob Zuma last October to argue that France could be a supportive partner in handling security crises, notably in the Central African Republic, where Séléka rebels have killed 13 South African troops...

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The President looks to his legacy

As President Jacob Zuma contemplates the membership of his new cabinet, proven loyalty is likely to rival expertise in heping him make his choices...

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The last liberation election

President Jacob Zuma faced unprecedented personal criticism and ridicule because of the shooting of mineworkers in Marikana in August 2012, the attempted suborning of independent institutions, US$22 million in state spending on his Nkandla homestead and his close ties with the multi-millionaire Gupta family (AC Vol 55 No 9, Politics and Pistorius in the dock)...

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Politics and Pistorius in the dock

That would be enough to save President Jacob Zuma from an immediate party rebellion, so now the arguments are about whether the party will drive him from the presidency before the end of his second term...

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Kagame mourns – and warns

The former wife of President Jacob Zuma went to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre of Gisozi, where 250,000 victims are buried...

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Vavi and the unions fall out

2 million members – will be split between one faction that supports President Jacob Zuma and the African National Congress and another that backs a radical alternative to the ANC...

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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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