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Jacob Zuma's embattled political career

Updated 6:45 AM ET, Thu February 15, 2018
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South African President Jacob Zuma was in office for nearly a decade. As head of the party that led South Africa out of apartheid, Zuma won elections in 2009 and 2014. But he has also been dogged by criminal investigations and corruption allegations. Dubbed the "Teflon" President, Zuma survived a half dozen no-confidence votes before finally resigning on February 14. STR/REUTERS/Newscom
In 1991, Zuma casts a vote for the ANC's new national executive. The ANC is the African National Congress, the political party that has led South Africa since the end of apartheid. For many years, the ANC and other opposition parties were banned in South Africa. TREVOR SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
Zuma campaigns with ANC leader Nelson Mandela, left, during South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994. Mandela was elected President. Zuma became the ANC's national chairman later that year. Andy Hall/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
President Mandela is flanked by Zuma and Deputy President Thabo Mbeki, left, at the ANC's National Congress in 1997. At this conference, Mandela announced that he would be stepping down as president of the ANC and leaving it to Mbeki. Zuma would become the party's deputy president. After Mbeki was elected to be the country's President in 1999, Zuma was appointed as his deputy. Walter Dhladhla/AFP/Getty Images
In 2005, a South African court found businessman Schabir Shaik guilty of bribing Zuma between 1995 and 2002. Zuma, seen here replying to a question in Parliament, was fired by President Mbaki over his alleged involvement in the bribery scandal. Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images
Zuma leaves the Johannesburg High Court in February 2006. He had been charged with raping a young family friend; he claimed the sex was consensual. Zuma was acquitted a few months later. ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images
Zuma is congratulated by his attorney after his acquittal in May 2006. JON HRUSA/AFP/GettyImages
Zuma gives an interview the day after his acquittal. He apologized to the nation and launched a bid for the presidency. ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images
Zuma, right, is congratulated by Mbeki after defeating him to become the new president of the ANC in December 2007. ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images
From left, Zuma, Mandela and Mbeki arrive on stage for Mandela's 90th birthday celebration in August 2008. GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images
Zuma sings and dances after a speech at a rally in February 2009. Zuma was elected as South Africa's President a couple of months later. Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images
Zuma takes an oath during his inauguration in May 2009. Kim Ludbrook/AFP/Getty Images
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses journalists next to Zuma in August 2009. The two met in Durban, South Africa. Themba Hadebe/AP
Zuma addresses the United Nations General Assembly in September 2009. Rick Gershon/Getty Images
Zuma signs a blackboard in October 2009, pledging South Africa's support for a global campaign to ensure education for all the world's children. Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images
Zuma sings and dances with his new wife, Thobeka Mabhija, at their wedding ceremony in January 2010. It was the fifth marriage for the polygamous Zuma. RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/GettyImages
Zuma inspects the troops at a ceremonial welcome in London in March 2010. Dominic Lipinski/WPA Pool/Getty Images
Zuma looks at a chess set with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during his state visit in 2010. The chess set had been given to the Queen by Nelson Mandela in 1996. Kirsty Wigglesworth/WPA Pool/Getty Images
Zuma and FIFA President Sepp Blatter address the crowd before the opening match of the 2010 World Cup. South Africa was the first African country to host the tournament. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
Zuma, left, and Sky Sports commentator Chris Kamara play a charity soccer match in Cape Town, South Africa, in July 2010. Clive Mason/Getty Images
Zuma shakes hands with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner at a G20 Summit in Seoul, South Korea, in November 2010. Yonhap News via Getty Images
Zuma addresses dignitaries during the opening ceremony of an International Olympic Committee session in July 2011. The IOC was meeting to decide which city would host the 2018 Winter Games. Jasper Juinen/Getty Images
Zuma greets American civil-rights activist Jesse Jackson at a ceremony in Bloemfontein, South Africa, in January 2012. Sunday Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images
Zuma toasts his 70th birthday in April 2012. Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images
Zuma looks at Cyril Ramaphosa after Ramaphosa was elected deputy president of the ANC in December 2012. Zuma was re-elected as the party's president. Leon Sadiki/City Press/Gallo Images/Getty Images
Zuma sings during a send-off ceremony for former President Nelson Mandela, who died in December 2013 at the age of 95. Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Zuma unveils a giant statue of Mandela at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, in December 2013. Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Zuma and his wife Thobeka Mabhija, right, pose with then Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace, as they meet in Pretoria in April 2015. STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images
US President Barack Obama jokes with Zuma during a New York luncheon hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in September 2015. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Zuma poses for a photo following a television interview in October 2015. Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Zuma and Obama shake hands before a group photo at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, in September 2016. In November of that year, a report was published that contained corruption allegations against Zuma. Zuma denied any wrongdoing. He also avoided a vote of no-confidence in Parliament. It was the third time in less than a year that Zuma had faced such a vote. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images
Zuma talks on his cell phone during a G20 session in Hamburg, Germany, in July 2017. A month later, he survived an ouster attempt in his country's National Assembly. A motion of no-confidence was defeated by 198 votes to 177. Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images
Zuma attends an African Union summit in January 2018. SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images
Zuma speaks to the nation at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on February 14. He announced his resignation during the nationally televised address.
"No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign as President of the Republic with immediate effect."
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