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Profile: South African President Jacob Zuma

08-23-2010 15:28 BJT

BEIJING, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- South African President Jacob Zuma will pay a state visit to China on Aug. 23-26 at the invitation of Chinese President Hu Jintao.

The following is a profile of President Zuma.

Zuma was born in NKandla, Zululand (now part of KwaZulu-Natal) on April 12, 1942. His father died when Zuma was young and the impoverished life since his childhood has spurred him to study hard on his own.

Zuma joined the African National Congress(ANC) in 1958 and devoted himself to the anti-apartheid movement together with Nelson Mandela. He was sentenced to 10-year imprisonment by the White-minority authorities and exiled overseas.

In 1990, Zuma returned home from exile and started multiparty constitutional negotiations.

After the founding of the Republic of South Africa in 1994, he served successively as deputy secretary general of the ANC, national chairperson of the ANC, deputy chief representative of the ANC.

Zuma was elected deputy president of the ANC at the National Conference in December 1997 and its president in May 2009.

Zuma visited China as South African deputy president in 2004 and as ANC president in 2008. The forthcoming visit will be his first as South African president.

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Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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