Jacob Zuma


Jacob Zuma became the president of South Africa in 2009. Before ascending to the presidency, he had been at the center of several scandals, including a rape charge, for which he was acquitted in 2005, and charges of racketeering and corruption, which were dropped in 2009. He became involved in the African National Congress (ANC) in 1959 and four years later he was arrested and convicted of conspiring to overthrow the white minority-led Apartheid government. He served 10 years in the prison on Robben Island, along with Nelson Mandela and other ANC members.

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Scandal Hits South African President

A scandal surrounding more than $20 million in state spending on the South African president's private home has ignited a debate about moral leadership and alleged corruption ahead of May elections, even prompting satirical songs based on smash hi...

Who Should Obama Invite to His Next State Dinner?

The White House and the Obamas hosted a state dinner honoring President Francois Hollande. Who do you think they should invite to the next dinner?

This Day in Black History: Dec. 18, 2007

Jacob Zuma was sworn in as president of the African National Congress on Dec. 18, 2007.

Farewell Madiba: Scenes From Nelson Mandela's Funeral

The world joined the family and country of former South African president Nelson Mandela on Sunday Dec. 15 to bid him one final farewell before his burial in his home village of Qunu, South Africa. Take a look at scenes from Mandela’s funeral.

Commentary: In Post-Mandela South Africa, Economic Challenges Loom

While Nelson Mandela ushered in an important era in post-apartheid South Africa, his successors have the issue of inequality to grapple with.
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