Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma
(born 12 April 1942) is the President of South Africa
, by parliament following his party's victory in the .
Zuma is the President of the African National Congress
(ANC), the governing political party, and was Deputy President of South Africa
from 1999 to 2005. and his clan name Msholozi
. Zuma became the President of the ANC on 18 December 2007 after defeating incumbent Thabo Mbeki
at the ANC conference in Polokwane
. Zuma was also a member of the South African Communist Party
(SACP), briefly serving on the party's Politburo
until he left the party in 1990.On 20 September 2008, Thabo Mbeki announced his resignation after being recalled by the African National Congress
's National Executive Committee
, following a conclusion by Judge Nicholson of improper interference in the National Prosecuting Authority
, including the prosecution of Jacob Zuma for corruption.
Zuma has faced significant legal challenges. He was charged with rape in 2005, but was acquitted. In addition, he fought a long legal battle over allegations of racketeering
and corruption, resulting from his financial advisor Schabir......