Jacob Zuma's many scandals

A LIST OF JACOB ZUMA'S MANY SCANDALS:

ARMS DEAL

Zuma is still fighting 783 counts of corruption over a 30 billion rand government arms deal arranged in the late 1990s when he was deputy president.

RAPE ACCUSATION

While deputy president of the ANC, Zuma was charged with raping Fezekile "Khwezi" Kuzwayo, the HIV-positive daughter of a friend who had been imprisoned on Robben Island with Zuma during the apartheid era.

Zuma was acquitted in 2006 but was ridiculed after saying he had showered after sex to reduce the risk of contracting HIV.

NKANDLA UPGRADES

Soon after becoming president, it emerged that millions of dollars of public money had been spent on upgrades to Zuma's Nkandla home, including a swimming pool that one minister justified as a fire-fighting resource.

Zuma weathered a no-confidence vote in parliament over the upgrades and paid back more than $500,000 after unsuccessfully trying to argue his case in the Constitutional Court.

SONONO KHOZA

Zuma apologised to South Africans in 2010 after fathering a child out of wedlock with his friend Irvin Khoza's daughter, Sonono Khoza.

Zuma, a polygamist, had promised the ANC's leadership he would not engage in extramarital sex after the Khwezi episode.

'CLEVER BLACKS'

Zuma caused controversy in 2012 for scolding black people "who become too clever" in an address to South Africa's National House of Traditional Leaders, saying "they become the most eloquent in criticising themselves about their own traditions".

NENEGATE

Zuma fired finance minister Nhlanhla Nene in December 2015, replacing him with unknown parliamentary backbencher Des van Rooyen. Zuma was forced to sack van Rooyen and re-appoint a previous finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, four days later after the rand currency collapsed.

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