Jacob Zuma

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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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South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress, held a wide lead over its main opposition, the Democratic Alliance, and the Econoic Freedom Fighters, by Thursday evening's election tally, according to the country's election commission.

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South Africa's 2014 elections coincide with the 20th anniversary of the nation's first all-race, democratic elections.

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In this week’s global news, Boko Haram says they abducted Nigerian school girls, violence continues to escalate in Ukraine, polio has reportedly become a global health emergency and more.

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April 27, 2014, marks the 20th anniversary of Freedom Day, South Africa's annual celebration of the country's first non-racial democratic presidential elections. This is the first Freedom Day without former president Nelson Mandela.

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...
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