Jacob Zuma of South Africa
A presentation by Deputy President of ANC and Former Deputy President of South Africa Jacob Zuma.
Thursday, September 29, 20051:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6275 Bunche Hall
6th Floor, History Conference Room
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Jacob Zuma was born on 12 April 1942 in Inkandla, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. He joined the anti-apartheid struggle at an early age by joining the African National Congress (ANC) in 1959. After the banning of the ANC in 1960, he became an active member of Umkhonto We Sizwe. In 1963 because of his anti-apartheid activities, he was arrested and sentenced to 10 years at Robben Island. After his release in 1973, Jacob Zuma helped mobilize internal resistance and was instrumental in the re-establishment of ANC underground structures in KwaZulu-Natal.
In 1975, he went into exile and worked on behalf of the ANC in several African countries. He quickly rose through the ranks to become a member of the ANC National Executive Committee. He served as Deputy Chief Representative of the ANC in Mozambique but was forced to leave Mozambique in 1987 after considerable pressure on the Mozambican government by the PW Botha regime. Zuma moved to the ANC Head Office in Lusaka, Zambia, where he was appointed Head of Underground Structures and shortly thereafter Chief of the Intelligence Department. He served on the ANC’s political and military council when it was formed in the mid-80s.
With the unbanning of the ANC in February 1990, he returned to South Africa. In 1991, at the first ANC National Conference held in South Africa, he was elected the Deputy Secretary General of the ANC. After the first national democratic elections in South Africa in 1994, Jacob Zuma was elected National Chairperson of the ANC and in 1997 he was elected Deputy President of the ANC at the National Conference held at Mafikeng.
Jacob Zuma was appointed Executive Deputy President of South Africa in June 1999, a position he held until 2005.
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James S. ColemanAfrican Studies Center
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