Imprisoned for 10 years with Nelson Mandela and 10 other things to know about Jacob Zuma

Imprisoned for 10 years with Nelson Mandela and 10 other things to know about Jacob Zuma

In this report, brings you some key moments in the life of former president of South Africa Jacob Zumu, who was compelled to resign by his party, the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

The timeline revealed that the former president who was arrested over his activities during the apartheid period was jailed for 10 years in Robben Island alongside Nelson Mandela.

1. April 12, 1942: Jacob Zuma was born in rural Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal province. He grew up without formal schooling.

2. 1963: He was member of the armed wing of the ANC and was convicted of trying to overthrow the apartheid government and served 10 years on the Robben Island prison alongside Nelson Mandela.

3. 1973: Jacob Zuma was freed and he subsequently sets up underground ANC networks and then was the group’s chief of intelligence from Zambia, Punch reports.

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4. 1990: After 15 years mostly spent in exile, Zuma returned to South Africa when the ANC was unbanned. He was key in talks that led to a national unity government after the first all-race elections, in 1994, won by the ANC.

5. 1997: He became the ANC’s vice president. Two years later he was elected deputy president of the country.

6. 2006: He was cleared of sexual assault charges but ridiculed for testifying he took a shower after consensual relationship with his HIV-positive accuser.

7. 2009: Two years after ousting Thabo Mbeki as ANC leader, he was elected president. He was re-elected in 2014.

8. 2016: A top court found out he flouted the constitution by using public funds to upgrade his private residence. An anti-corruption watchdog meanwhile charges he allowed a wealthy Indian business family, the Guptas, undue influence over his government.

9. 2017: Zuma fired his finance minister, unleashing open war in the ANC.

10. August 2017: He survived a fourth impeachment vote since 2015.

11. December 2017: He was replaced as ANC chief by his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, and came under pressure to quit the presidency early, ahead of the next elections.

Meanwhile, had reported that Jacob Zuma resigned as the president of South Africa amidst numerous controversies surrounding his administration.

BBC reports that Zuma announced his resignation in a televised address to the people on Wednesday, February 14.

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The ruling ANC party had asked the president to resign or face a possible vote of no confidence at the parliament on Thursday, February 15.

The 75-year old politician had been under pressure to vacate his seat for deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, who is the new ANC leader.

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