South African leader denies rape charge

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, April 3 (UPI) -- Former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma, 63, is testifying in his defense in a Johannesburg High Court against a charge of rape.

S. African politician tried on rape charge

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, March 6 (UPI) -- Former South African President Jacob Zuma went on trial Monday on a charge of rape.

Judge in South African case steps down

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The South African judge presiding over the rape trial of former Deputy President Jacob Zuma has stepped down.

SAfrica's leader charged with rape

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma, who was fired in June on corruption charges, has now been charged with rape.

Ex-deputy president of S. Africa charged

DURBAN, South Africa, June 20 (UPI) -- South Africa's former deputy president faces prosecution on corruption charges.

Guilty verdict in S. African graft trial

DURBAN, South Africa, June 2 (UPI) -- South Africa was rocked Thursday when a judge found a financial adviser to the deputy president guilty of defrauding the government.

Arms payoff trial shakes South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma has been linked to a multimillion-dollar arms payoff at a trial in Johannesburg, the Times of London said Tuesday.

U.N. hails progress for Burundi govt.

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- The U.N. envoy for Burundi Monday hailed progress made during two days of talks in South Africa on forming a multi-party, power-sharing Bujumbura government.

China to negotiate FTA in Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 30 (UPI) -- China has agreed to start negotiating a free trade deal with five southern African nations, though no timetable has been set.

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Jacob Zuma
G8 and G5 leaders gather for a group photo at the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy on July 9, 2009. (L-R) South African President Jacob Zuma, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French President Nicolas Sarkozy. (UPI Photo/Alex Volgin)

Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma (born 12 April 1942) is the President of South Africa, elected by parliament following his party's victory in the 2009 general election.

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. Zuma is also referred to by his initials JZ 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 (NPA), 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 Shaik's conviction for corruption and fraud. On 6 April 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority decided to drop the charges citing political interference.

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