Former President Jacob Zuma in dates

He is the first president of democratic South Africa to be arrested, and the first president of South Africa ever to be jailed.

FILE:  Former President Jacob Zuma. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Key dates for South Africa's former President Jacob Zuma, who has been slapped with a 15-month jail term after snubbing the state capture commission of inquiry and said on Wednesday he would hand himself in to start serving his sentence.

  • April 12, 1942: Zuma is born in rural Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal province. He grows up without formal schooling.

  • 1963: A member of the armed wing of the ANC, he is convicted of trying to overthrow the apartheid government and serves 10 years in the Robben Island prison alongside Nelson Mandela.

  • 1973: Freed, he sets up underground ANC networks and then works from Zambia as the group's chief of intelligence.

  • 1990: After 15 years mostly spent in exile, he returns to South Africa when the ANC is unbanned. He is key in talks that lead to a national unity government after the first all-race elections, in 1994, won by the ANC.

  • 1997: He becomes the ANC's vice president. Two years later he is elected deputy president of the country.

  • 2006: He is cleared of rape charges but ridiculed for testifying he took a shower after consensual sex with his HIV-positive accuser.

  • 2009: Two years after ousting Thabo Mbeki as ANC leader, he is elected president. He is re-elected in 2014.

  • 2016: A top court finds he flouted the constitution by using public funds to upgrade his private residence. An anti-corruption watchdog meanwhile charges he allowed a wealthy Indian business family, the Guptas, undue influence over his government.

  • 2017: Zuma fires his finance minister, unleashing open war in the ANC.

  • August, 2017: He survives his fourth impeachment vote since 2015.

  • December, 2017: He is replaced as ANC chief by his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, and comes under pressure to quit the presidency early, ahead of the next elections.

  • February 14, 2018: Resigns from the presidency after the ANC threatens a no-confidence vote in parliament.

  • May 2021: Trial begins in his graft case dating back more than two decades and involving French arms firm Thales.

  • June 2021: Gets a 15-month jail term for contempt of court following his refusal to appear before anti-graft investigators. He files appeals to avoid a possible arrest.

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