27 Facts About Jacob Zuma

1. Jacob Zuma paid 10 cattle as lobola for Swazi Princess Sebentile Dlamini in 2003.

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2. In 2012, Jacob Zuma was featured in a satirical painting by Cape Town-based artist Brett Murray, who depicted him in his painting The Spear, in a pose similar to Lenin, but with his genitals exposed.

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3. Jacob Zuma actively campaigned for the African National Congress' voter registration for the South African 2018 general elections in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal.

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4. On 9 December 2015, President Jacob Zuma issued a statement replacing Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene with the little-known Des van Rooyen.

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5. Jacob Zuma criticised Mbeki, accusing him of being lenient on dictators.

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6. Jacob Zuma has described himself as a socialist and became president with the support of a left-wing coalition of trade unions and the South African Communist Party, as well as the ANC Women's League and the ANC Youth League.

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7. Jacob Zuma congratulated Bashar al-Assad on winning the Syrian presidential election, 2014.

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8. Jacob Zuma was booed and heckled by the crowd at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.

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9. On 6 August 2009, Jacob Zuma nominated Sandile Ngcobo as Chief Justice of South Africa, drawing criticism from four opposition groups.

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10. Jacob Zuma declared that he would prefer to only serve one term as president.

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11. Jacob Zuma was re-elected as ANC leader at the ANC conference in Manguang on 18 December 2012, defeating challenger and then Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe by a large majority.

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12. Jacob Zuma appointed Former Conservative Party MP advocate Jurg Prinsloo, as well as Wycliffe Mothuloe to tackle his so-called "crucifixion by the media".

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13. Jacob Zuma will demand to be reinstated as deputy president and the others will find it difficult to block him … This is a major victory for Zuma's political career.

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14. In December 2005, Jacob Zuma was charged with raping a 31-year-old woman at his home in Forest Town, Gauteng.

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15. In 2004, Jacob Zuma became a key figure mentioned in the Schabir Shaik trial.

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16. Jacob Zuma was elected Deputy President of the ANC at the National Conference held at Mafikeng in December 1997 and subsequently appointed executive Deputy President of South Africa in June 1999.

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17. Jacob Zuma was elected the Deputy Secretary General of the ANC the next year, and in January 1994, he was nominated as the ANC candidate for the Premiership of KwaZulu Natal.

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18. Jacob Zuma was a member of the South African Communist Party; he joined in 1963, briefly serving on the party's Politburo, and left the party in 1990.

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19. Jacob Zuma served on the ANC's political and military council when it was formed in the mid-1980s, and was elected to the politburo of the SACP in April 1989.

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20. Jacob Zuma served as Deputy Chief Representative of the ANC in Mozambique, a post he occupied until the signing of the Nkomati Accord between the Mozambican and South African governments in 1984.

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21. Jacob Zuma began engaging in politics at an early age, and joined the African National Congress in 1959.

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22. Jacob Zuma survived multiple motions of no confidence, both in parliament and within the ANC.

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23. Jacob Zuma faced significant legal challenges before and during his presidency.

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24. Jacob Zuma led the ANC to victory in the 2009 general election and was elected President of South Africa.

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25. Jacob Zuma was nonetheless elected President of the African National Congress on 18 December 2007 after defeating Mbeki at the ANC conference in Polokwane.

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26. Jacob Zuma is referred to by his initials JZ and his clan name Msholozi.

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27. Jacob Zuma says nobody has been able to connect him to state capture.

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