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7 Key Facts About South African President, Jacob Zuma

Here are seven key facts about South African President Jacob Zuma.

  • With no formal schooling, he joined the ANC at 17 and was jailed for 10 years on Robben Island alongside Nelson Mandela
  • A charismatic politician, he shook off various scandals to become president in 2009
  • But his presidency has been dogged by allegations of corruption
  • Last year, the Constitutional Court ruled he had breached the constitution by failing to repay government money spent on upgrades including a swimming pool and chicken run at his private home in Nkandla
  • The anti-corruption watchdog then said a judicial inquiry should be set up to further investigate allegations of criminal activity in government in relation to the Guptas, a business family with links to Mr Zuma
  • The 74-year-old survived three no-confidences votes last year, two in parliament and one within the ANC
  • He is due to step down as ANC leader in December and as president after general elections in 2019.
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