IN PICS | Capturing the 'rise and fall' of Jacob Zuma

Sunday Times photographers capture a president who became a criminal

04 July 2021 - 00:00 By Sunday Times Photographers
A rare light moment at the Zondo commission last year. Zuma’s appearance was brief and his departure abrupt, leading to his conviction for contempt of court.
Waiting for tea-time A rare light moment at the Zondo commission last year. Zuma’s appearance was brief and his departure abrupt, leading to his conviction for contempt of court.
Image: Alon Skuy

Jacob Zuma always had an eye on power — and also kept one open for photographers. They seldom caught him without a smile — except when he was in trouble before a judge.

Here is the Zuma collection of images taken by Sunday Times photographers of a president who became a criminal.

President Jacob Zuma addresses a Freedom Day crowd in 2015.
When he was still in charge President Jacob Zuma addresses a Freedom Day crowd in 2015.
Image: Alon Skuy
Zuma at the ANC conference in 2017, where he lost power.
The beginning of the end Zuma at the ANC conference in 2017, where he lost power.
Image: Masi Losi
Zuma shows off Zulu dance moves at one of his weddings at Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.
Back to his tribal roots Zuma shows off Zulu dance moves at one of his weddings at Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.
Image: Simphiwe Nkwali
Zuma at the ANC’s national conference of 2017 with Cyril Ramaphosa, who would succeed him as party president, then as state president the following year.
The party is over Zuma at the ANC’s national conference of 2017 with Cyril Ramaphosa, who would succeed him as party president, then as state president the following year.
Image: Masi Losi
Zuma at the Randburg magistrate’s court where his son, Duduzane, appeared on a charge of culpable homicide in 2014.
In Court Zuma at the Randburg magistrate’s court where his son, Duduzane, appeared on a charge of culpable homicide in 2014.
Image: Alaister Russell
Zuma returning last year from Cuba, where he had medical treatment.
Why not SA? Zuma returning last year from Cuba, where he had medical treatment.
Image: Thapelo Morebudi
Zuma addressing the ANC Youth League in Sophiatown, Johannesburg, in 2019.
Listen Carefully Zuma addressing the ANC Youth League in Sophiatown, Johannesburg, in 2019.
Image: Sebabatso Mosamo
Zuma with his youngest daughter, Thuthukile, where he was addressing the ANC Youth League in Sophiatown, Johannesburg, in 2019.
Family secrets Zuma with his youngest daughter, Thuthukile, where he was addressing the ANC Youth League in Sophiatown, Johannesburg, in 2019.
Image: Sebabatso Mosamo
A moment of discomfort at the Zondo commission. The discomfort was to become greater when Zuma refused to appear before the commission again, for which he will now go to prison.
Squirm A moment of discomfort at the Zondo commission. The discomfort was to become greater when Zuma refused to appear before the commission again, for which he will now go to prison.
Image: Alon Skuy

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