JOHANNESBURG – Jacob Zuma is the most controversial and colourful president of South Africa in the recent history knew. The former anti-apartheidsstrijder got tangled up in a series of scandals, which every other politician has long the head would have cost, but Zuma kept it – until Wednesday – more than eight years as head of state.
His poor background and charisma brought him great popularity among the population. That was a hefty dent when the highest court in South Africa ruled that Zuma had to repay for a major and expensive renovation of his own house, with the creation of an amphitheatre, swimming pool and visitors ‘ centre. He eat while we are hungry,” wailed protesters.
Zuma put out in the first instance favorably against his predecessor, the aloof Thabo Mbeki. ,,He is a man who listens and does not act as an intellectual king”, compared someone from Zuma’s supporters the two.
Zuma was raised by his mother, a widow, and had no formal training. Seventeen, he joined the ANC. He got ten years in prison for conspiracy to commit the regime to overthrow and spent that time on the notorious Robben Island, alongside Nelson Mandela. There would he the moral high held by singing and theaterstukjes.
He was one of the first ANC leaders who in 1990 returned to South Africa and took part in the negotiations with the white government about an end to the apartheid regime.
After he Mbeki succeeded, and dived increasingly, allegations of corruption, fraud, extortion, money laundering and tax evasion. Itself denies all guilt. The allegations explain possible Zulu-name: he who laughs while he his enemies, crushes.
The accusations can be traced back to the nineties and going on almost eight hundred payments in a big arms deal. Zuma and other government officials would bribe have assumed in the purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and other equipment.
The 75-year-old Zuma is a proud to be a polygamist and remain a according to the traditions of the Zulu people. He married six times and still has four wives.