Publication: Cape Argus
Key facts about
Jacob Zuma, president of the ANC, goes to court today to try to win the
dismissal of a corruption case that could wreck his chances of becoming the
nation's president next year.
Here are some key facts about Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, born on April 12,
- The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) charged Zuma with corruption, fraud,
money laundering and racketeering on December 28, 2007, eight days after he won
the ANC party leadership at the Polokwane conference, defeating President Thabo
- Zuma has said he will step down only if a court proves he is guilty. He has
denied the charges, which he says are politically motivated.
- The legal battle is likely to decide whether Zuma succeeds Mbeki, who is
barred from seeking a third term as president in 2009.
ZUMA'S POLITICAL FORTUNES
- A former member of the ANC's military wing, Zuma rose to become head of
intelligence in the party, a post that gave him leverage over allies and
- He was imprisoned on Robben Island for conspiring to overthrow apartheid,
spending 10 years in jail before going into exile.
- Zuma was South Africa's deputy president for six years before he was sacked
in 2005 by Mbeki after being implicated in a graft trial that saw his former
financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, convicted on fraud and corruption charges.
- Zuma was acquitted of rape charges in May 2006.
ZUMA - THE MAN
- Zuma mediated between the ANC and Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) at the height
of violence in the early 1990s.
- Zuma has, more recently, been outspoken in his criticism of Zimbabwe. In
contrast Mbeki, appointed as a regional mediator last year, has been criticised
for his softly-softly approach to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.
- Zuma was formerly married to Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
With acknowledgements to Cape Argus.