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President Jacob Zuma- His Life, Career, Net Worth And The Reason He Didn’t Get A Formal Education

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Jacob Zuma is the current President of South Africa; he is in the office since 2009. Zuma is a controversial politician who has been accused of rape and corruption charges, but he has been acquitted of the all the charges. After losing his father early in his life, he started working as a child to support his family, thus unable to receive any formal schooling. In his teenage years, he joined the African National Congress party and its military wing.

He was sentenced to ten years in prison for conspiring to overthrow South Africa’s apartheid government. After his release, he set up underground networks and continued to work for the ANC, operating from neighboring countries.

When the government’s ban on the ANC was lifted, he returned to the country and was elected deputy president of the country. During his tenure as deputy president, he became involved in scandals regarding corruption and was also accused of rape, which resulted in legal problems for him. Despite the repeated allegations of wrongdoing, he remained a popular figure within the ANC and after getting acquitted of all charges, he became the fourth President of South Africa. He is a polygamist, and has 20 children, a fact which is often criticized and placed under scrutiny globally. he established his reputation as a hard working politician and was successful in earning a second term as president in 2014.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • He was born on April 12, 1942, at Nkandla, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, to Geinamazwi Zuma, a policeman, and his wife, Nobhekisisa Bessie. He has two brothers, Michael and Joseph.

  • When his father died in World War II, he and his mother moved to Maphumulo. He began to support his family through cattle shepherding from an early age and received no formal schooling thereafter. Eventually, he taught himself to read and write.
    Also Known As
    Mosholozi, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, JZ
    Famous As
    President of South Africa
    1.68 m
    Born In
    Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal
    Michael Zuma, Joseph Zuma
    Thobeka Stacy Mabhija, Nompumelelo Ntuli, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Kate Mantsho, Gertrude Sizakele Khumalo, Gloria Bongekile Ngema
    Manqoba Kholwani Zuma, Thandekile Matina Zuma, Sinqobile Zuma, Thandisiwe Zuma, Nhlakanipho Vusi Zuma, Phumzile Zuma, Thuthukile Xolile Nomonde Zuma, Nokuthula Nomaqhawe Zuma, Gugulethu Zuma, Duduzani Zuma
    Christianity, Protestantism
    Net Worth
    $20 Million as of Mar 12, 2017
Awards & Achievements
  • In 1998, he was awarded the ‘Nelson Mandela Award for Outstanding Leadership’ for his role in ending political violence in KwaZulu-Natal
    Personal Life & Legacy
  • He is a polygamist and has married six times. At present, he has four wives and is considered to be the father of an estimated 20 children, born to his wives, girlfriends and mistresses.

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