Jacob Zuma Biography (SOUTH AFRICA)


Jacob Zuma is a South African politician and current President of South Africa.

Things you didn’t know about Jacob Zuma Biography

Jacob Zuma on born 12 April 1942 in Nkandla, Natal Province which is currently part of the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Jacob Zuma real name is Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma. The name Gedleyihlekisa means the one who laughs while grinding his enemies. His clan’s name is Msholozi.
Jacob’s father, a policeman, died at the end of World-War II when Zuma was five years old. After his father’s death, his mother took up employment as a domestic worker.
Jacob Zuma has two brothers, Michael and Joseph.
Jacob Zuma had no formal education when as a child.He taught himself to read and write Zulu in the bush. Be that as it may, it did not stop him from learning other languages. Other than Zulu, he speaks French, Russia, Portuguese Swahili and Xhosa fluently.Jacob Zuma has Soviet Union training.
Jacob Zuma began engaging in politics at age 17 when he joined the African National Congress. He became a member of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the militant arm of ANC, in 1962. This was after the South African Government had banned the party. He joined the South African Communist Party (SACP) in 1963. It was while he was a member of the Communist party that he received military training in the Soviet Union. He later joined the African National Congress’ Department of Intelligence where he was the Head of Intelligence.
He was imprisoned on Robben Island for 10 years. In 1963, Zuma was arrested along with 45 recruits of the ANC. They were convicted of conspiring to overthrow the apartheid government and were consequently sentenced to serve time on Robben Island along with Nelson Mandela and other prominent ANC leaders. While on Robben Island, he served as a referee for the prisoners’ association football games which were organised by the prisoners’ governing body, Makana F.A.
Jacob Zuma is married to four women and has an estimated number of 21 children. He has been married a total number of six times, but remains married to four women as one of his spouses died, and he divorced another. In 2003, he paid a dowry of 10 cattles to ask for the hand of Princess Sebentile Dlamin of Swazi. She is expected to become his fifth wife. The Swazi royal family is disgruntled because he never made any further preparations to marry the Princess since he paid the dowry.
Jacob Zuma has an estimated net worth of $20 million. He is also the highest-paid African president with an annual salary of $270,000.

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