5 Things You May Not Know About Jacob Zuma
Jacob Zuma may have been forced to resign following a fallout with his political party African National Congress (ANC).
He may have been accused of corruption and faced charges of rape, but the South African has great moments in history.
Bounce News takes a look at some of those moments.
1. He had no basic education
Jacob Zuma led South Africa for over seven years, but the 75-year-old had no formal education as a growing child.
Born in Nkandla, Natal Province, he lost his father, who was a policeman, at the age of five and was forced to assist his mother, a domestic worker.
He taught himself how to read and write Zulu in the bushes.
2. He was imprisoned for 10 years with Nelson Mandela
Zuma has been a long-time member of the ANC. He first joined the party at the young age of 17 in 1959.
Following the ban by government on ANC, Zuma joined the South African Communist Party (SACP) in 1963.
That same year, he was arrested, convicted of conspiring to overthrow the Apartheid government and was sentenced to 10 in prison.
He served on Robben Island with the legendary Nelson Mandela and other notable ANC leaders also imprisoned during this time.
3. He went on exile
Following the completion of his jail term, Zuma joined the ANC's Department of Intelligence where he later became the departments Head of Intelligence.
In 1975, he left South Africa for Swaziland and later proceeded to Mozambique where he was instrumental to the arrival of thousands of exiles in the wake of the Soweto uprising.
In December 1986, the South African government pressurized Mozambique authorities to expel Zuma and other five ANC senior members from the country. One month later, he was forced to leave Mozambique. His next stop was Zambia.
He spent three years in Lusaka before returning to South Africa following the end of the ban on the ANC in February 1990.
4. He has served as Vice President
Zuma served as Deputy President of South Africa from 1999 to 2005, but was dismissed by President Thabo Mbeki in 2005 after Zuma's financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, was convicted of soliciting bribe.
He later contested the presidential election and became South Africa’s 4th president in 2009.
5. He loves dancing
Zuma is known to be the dancing president. He loves to shake his body to good music and have fun.
You just play the music and leave the dancing to Zuma.
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