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Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma born in Nkandla, South Aftica

12 Apr, 1942

Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is born to Gcinamazwi Zuma and Nobhekisisa Bessie in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. His father dies at the end of World War II, after which his mother takes up employment as a domestic worker in Durban. Owing to his deprived childhood, he does not receive any formal schooling. He spends his childhood moving between Zululand and the suburbs of Durban, and by age 15 takes on odd jobs to supplement his mother’s income.