South Africa EX-president Jacob Zuma again jailed for fighting apartheid regime.

Former South African President Jacob Zuma, a former prisoner of war against the apartheid regime, is returning to prison, this time in contempt after surrendering to the authorities.

He was jailed for 15 months for ending a commission of inquiry into corruption.

Charismatic and jovial, he fell under favor before the end of his second term in 2018, expelled by his ANC party on corruption charges. He was replaced by current president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Zuma – whose middle name Gedleyihlekisa means “one who laughs and crushes his enemies” – began as a pastor and became South Africa’s fourth president.

The 79-year-old was once nicknamed the “Teflon President” for his ability to evade a fair decision.

He left a special panel investigating serious government corruption – accusing his president, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, of favoritism, despite several witnesses linking him to wrongdoing.

Bad business
Zuma is no stranger to misconduct.

He also faces 16 counts of fraud, corruption and robbery in connection with the 1999 arms and equipment purchase from European arms companies when he was vice president.

In 2006, she was arraigned in court on charges of raping the HIV-positive daughter of a colleague, who was released.

During the trial, Zuma sadly told the judges that he was having unprotected sex with the woman and showered after sex to avoid contracting the virus.

He succeeded Thabo Mbeki as ANC leader in 2007 and inherited a divisive party that continued to tarnish his presidency.

The Zuma-led ANC faction in 2009 disbanded an anti-corruption elite group formed by its predecessor, known as Scorpio, after it began to anger the president and his allies.

But his suspicious relationship caught up with him.

It was Zuma himself, under pressure from numerous corruption scandals, who initiated a judicial investigation into corruption shortly before his removal.

He has witnessed only once, in July 2019, and has since ignored several invitations to reappear.

Climb in a row
Born on April 12, 1942 in a rural village in the KwaZulu-Natal province, Zuma joined the ANC as a young man, when the party was underground, and climbed the ladder.

After serving 10 years in prison on Robben Island for fighting against a white minority government, Zuma fled into exile and became the party’s intelligence chief.

The anti-apartheid song “My Machine”, Bring Me My Machine, became his most popular song.

In 1999, he was elected vice president.

Traditionally arrogant, Zuma still often changes the top to a traditional Zulu leopard costume, participating in war dances and stomping on the ground during a ceremony in his home village.

The adult and non-smoker, has been married seven times and has at least 20 children.

And Zuma’s personal personality is more accessible. A TikTok video published in May showed him playing with some of his grandchildren.

On his way to jail on July 7, his daughter Dudu Zuma-Sambudla tweeted that he was staying in good condition and jokingly hoped his inmates were still wearing the same prison uniform he wore on Robben Island.

He has maintained a loyal network of MPs, officials and key supporters who have continued to associate with him despite scandals that have tarnished his reputation.

But during a memorial service for Nelson Mandela in 2013, he was widely criticized by ordinary South Africans in front of world leaders.

Jacob Zuma
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