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l April 12 1942: Born Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal
l 1958: Joined the African National Congress
l 1975: Left South Africa and for the next 12 years was based first in Swaziland and then Mozambique.
l 1990: Was one of the first ANC leaders to return to South Africa to begin the process of negotiation
l 1994: Nominated as the ANC candidate for the premiership of the KZN.
l 1999 appointed deputy president of the republic
l June 2005: Sacked as deputy president
l October 2005: Charged with corruption
l December 2005: Charged with rape
l April 2006: Acquitted of rape charges
l September 2006: Corruption case collapses
l December 2007: Elected ANC president; re-charged with corruption shortly afterwards
l September 2008: Judge rules corruption case cannot proceed
l January 2009: Prosecutors win appeal, opening the way for Zuma to be recharged
l 6 April 6 2009: Prosecutors drop charges after receiving new phone-tap evidence
l April 22 2009: Election Date
Source: The Presidency/BBC News