President of South Africa Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, Born April 12, 1942. President of South Africa since 2009. Zuma began engaging in politics at an early age and joined the African National Congress in 1959.
Convicted of conspiring to overthrow the Apartheid government, Zuma was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment, which he served on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela.
In 1990, he was elected Chairperson of the ANC for the Southern Natal region, and took a leading role in fighting political violence in the region between members of the ANC and IFP. Zuma had experience in national leadership, as he started serving in the National Executive committee of the ANC in 1977 when the party was still a guerrilla movement. By the time he became its president he had served the ANC for thirty years.