- South Africans take to Twitter to wish Jacob Zuma a happy birthday
- He turns 78 today
- Jacob Zuma has made an impact on South Africa and is one of the countries most interesting presidents
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South Africans have taken to social media to wish Jacob Zuma a happy birthday, which coincidentally falls on Easter Sunday.
Briefly.co.za learned that the former president turns 78 today and Twitter has been flooded with messages wishing him well on his special day.
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Jacob Zuma full name is Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma. Gedleyihlekisa meaning is a person that laughs while grinding his enemies. This means that he is the kind of person that can work on his enemies without them noticing it. Whether this is true or not is something that is left to the public to decide.
Jacob Zuma biography
Jacob Zuma was born on 12th April 1942 in Nkandla, Kwazulu- Natal. So how old is Jacob Zuma? Going by this makes Jacob Zuma age to be 78 years currently. This answers the question of how old is Zuma. His clan name is Msholozi. He is one of the most interesting individuals, and presidents South Africa has had.
Jacob Zuma did not get any formal education because of his background. His father was a policeman during World War II. He died when the war was coming to an end, a time when Zuma was just 5 years old. His mother had to take up a job as a domestic employee to fend for them. This did not stop the aggressive Zuma from learning things. He went on to learn Zulu by teaching himself how to read and write. He also learnt French, Xhosa, Portuguese, Swahili, and Russian. He speaks all these languages fluently. He also has Soviet Union training.
Zuma age makes him one of the older politicians in South Africa. What many may not know is that he began engaging in politics when he was just 17 years old when he joined ANC. He became part of the militant arm of the party when he joined Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1962 when the then government banned the party. In 1963, he joined the South African Communist Party which saw him get Soviet training.
He later joined the ANC as the head of the intelligence department. In 1963, he was arrested together with other 45 ANC recruits and imprisoned for 10 years at Robben Island. He was together with President Nelson Mandela both of home were sentenced for life. While at the prison, he served as the referee of Makana FC, a football association in the prison.
In 1987, he was forced to leave Mozambique when the government forced him out. He relocated to Lusaka Zambia, where the ANC headquarters was later moved to and Zuma appointed as head of underground structures.
During his presidency, Jacob is known for health improvement especially when dealing with HIV patients. With a large number of people infected, he pushed for ARVs and general improvement of these people. In addition to that, the Jacob Zuma matric results also gained interest. He was also focused on making education better for all.
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