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Former South Africa President Jacob Zuma. Courtesy photo

Jacob Zuma's Life in Seven Key Dates

Zuma has been at loggerheads with deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, his expected successor as president and the new head of the ANC
posted onFebruary 15, 2018
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By Agencies 

Jacob Zuma announced he had decided to step down as president of South Africa "with immediate effect" late Wednesday, following mounting pressure from the ruling  African National Congress (ANC) party.

Zuma, 75, served as the fourth president of South Africa from 2009 until his resignation.

Just like his predecessor Thabo Mbeki, Zuma was not allowed to see out his term.

Zuma has been at loggerheads with deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, his expected successor as president and the new head of the ANC.

Parliament could elect Ramaphosa as president as early as Thursday or Friday. 

We now look at Zuma's key seven 

  • April 1942: Born into poverty in northern KwaZulu-Natal, he is raised by his widowed mother and receives no formal schooling
  • 1959: Joins the ANC. He becomes an active member of its military wing in 1962
  • August 1963: Aged 21, he is convicted of conspiring to overthrow the apartheid government and imprisoned on Robben Island, alongside Nelson Mandela, for 10 years
  • March 1990: After a period in exile, he returns to South Africa when a ban on the ANC is lifted - he is elected to chair the party four years later
  • June 1999: Five years after apartheid ends, he becomes deputy president of South Africa - he loses the position in 2005 after being implicated in a fraud trial
  • April 2009: Two weeks after corruption charges are dropped, Mr Zuma becomes president of South Africa
  • October 2017: The Supreme Court of Appeal rules he must face 18 counts of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money laundering

READ: South Africa's Jacob Zuma Resigns after Pressure from Party

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