Zuma : The Biography of Jacob Zuma

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Hailed as a hero by some while labelled incompetent and corrupt by others, Jacob Zuma's public and political life has been dogged by controversy in recent years. Zuma has played a significant role in the political life of South Africa and is a household name. But how much do we really know about the former Deputy President of South Africa? Denied a formal education, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma became involved in politics at a young age and was eventually imprisoned on Robben Island for ten years. After his release, he continued his work as an activist while in exile for 12 years in Mozambique and Zambia where he eventually served as head of the ANC's intelligence department. Upon his return to South Africa, he played a critical role in bringing about the peaceful political transition in South Africa in the 1990s and was particularly instrumental in bringing about the Peace Accords between the African National Congress and the Inkatha Freedom Party in KwaZulu-Natal. It is almost impossible to reconcile this Zuma, who has been awarded the Nelson Mandela Award for Outstanding Leadership, with the man who has recently been accused of corruption and rape.
In Zuma, author Fred Khumalo provides a balanced and informed account of Jacob Zuma's life. Spanning the period from Zuma's birth in rural KwaZulu-Natal in 1942, to his upcoming corruption trial, Khumalo covers the events that shaped the Deputy President of the ANC, who in turn has helped to shape the political landscape of South Africa.
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  • Paperback
  • Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • Parklands, South Africa
  • 0143025244
  • 9780143025245