Mother: Nobhekisisa Bessie, domestic worker
Marriages: Bongi Ngema (April 20, 2012-present); Thobeka Stacy Mabhija (January 4, 2010-present); Nompumelelo Ntuli (January 5, 2008-present); Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini (1982-1998, divorce); Kate Mantsho Zuma (1976-2000, her death); Gertrude Sizakele Khumalo Zuma (1973-present)
Children: Reportedly has more than 20 children
Joins the African National Congress (ANC),
which is banned in South Africa in 1960.
1962 - Becomes a member of the Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), the military arm of the ANC.
Arrested with other Spear of the Nation members and convicted of conspiring to overthrow the South African government. Zuma spends 10 years in prison on Robben Island.
1975 - Flees South Africa and lives in exile for 15 years in Swaziland, Mozambique, Zambia and several other African countries, while continuing his work with the ANC.
February 1990 -
President F. W. de Klerk lifts the ban on the ANC and other opposition groups, and Zuma returns to South Africa.
At the ANC's first Regional Congress in KwaZulu-Natal province, he is elected chairperson of the Southern Natal region and takes a leading role in fighting violence in the region. This results in peace accords between the ANC and the Inkatha Freedom Party.
December 1994 - He is elected as the National Chairperson of the ANC.
1997-2007 - Deputy President of the ANC.
October 1998 -
Receives the Nelson Mandela
Award for Outstanding Leadership in Washington D.C.
1999-2005 - Deputy President of South Africa.
June 2, 2005 - A South African court finds businessman Schabir Shaik guilty of bribing Zuma with over $180,000 between 1995 and 2002.
June 14, 2005 -
President Thabo Mbeki fires Zuma over his alleged involvement in the Shaik bribery scandal.
December 6, 2005 - Charged with raping a young female family friend in his home; he claims the sex was consensual. He is acquitted of the rape May 8, 2006. Zuma knew the woman was HIV positive and drew criticism from health advocates when he said he showered afterward to "minimize the risk of contracting the disease."
September 5, 2006 -
Brought to trial and charged with corruption for allegedly accepting bribes from French arms company Thint Holdings.
September 20, 2006 - The corruption charges are dismissed by the court after numerous extensions by prosecutors to build the state's case.
December 18, 2007-present - President of the African National Congress
December 28, 2007 - New corruption charges are brought against Zuma, along with counts of racketeering and money laundering.
May 1, 2008 - Named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People.
September 12, 2008 - Corruption charges against Zuma are tossed out by the court a second time, this time on procedural grounds. Prosecutors announce an appeal on September 17.
January 12, 2009 - The Supreme Court of Appeal overturns the lower court ruling that threw out corruption charges against Zuma, stating that the ruling was riddled with errors. This new ruling means that the National Prosecuting Authority can press new charges against Zuma, pertaining to bribes he allegedly accepted from the French arms company Thint Holdings.
April 6, 2009 - Prosecutors drop all corruption charges against Zuma.
April 26, 2009 - The African National Congress wins a majority of votes in South African elections, ensuring that its leader, Jacob Zuma, will be the country's next president.
February 2010 - Zuma admits to fathering a child out of wedlock with Sonono Khoza, daughter of the head of South Africa's World Cup organizing committee.
December 2010 - Zuma files a $700,000 defamation lawsuit over a 2008 political cartoon which portrays him raping a female figure symbolizing justice.
March 20, 2012 -
The Supreme Court of Appeal rules that the Democratic Alliance
(an opposition party) can challenge a previous court's decision to drop corruption charges against Zuma.
August 22, 2012 - In an interview with a national government television station, Zuma controversially says, "I know that people today think being single is nice. It's actually not right. That's a distortion. You've got to have kids. Kids are important to a woman because they actually give an extra training to a woman, to be a mother."
December 18, 2012 -
Zuma is re-elected as head of the ANC.
Cyril Ramaphosa is elected as his deputy.
December 26, 2012 - At a rally, Zuma tells supporters that owning a dog as a pet is part of "white culture" and not African culture. He later clarified those comments through his spokesman saying he was trying to warn people against loving pets more than humans.
March 19, 2014 -
Zuma has benefited from a $23 million dollar publicly-funded presidential security upgrade to his private residence,
according to a report issued by the public protector of South Africa. Additions include a visitor center, swimming pool, amphitheater and chicken coop.
May 7, 2014 - The African National Congress wins a majority of votes in South African elections, ensuring that incumbent Jacob Zuma, will retain the presidency.
March 31, 2016 -
The South African Constitutional Court rules that Zuma defied the constitution when he used $15 million in state funds to upgrade his private home.
He must repay money spent on renovations unrelated to security.