Mr Jacob Zuma is the current president of South Africa. He assumed office as president on the 9th of May,2009. He preceded Kgalema Motlanthe.Rocked with many controversies, Mr Jacod Zuman has faced significant legal challenges. In 2005 he was charged with rape but was later acquitted. In addition, he fought a long legal battle over allegations of racketeering and corruption, resulting from his financial advisor Schabir Shaik's conviction for corruption and fraud. On 6 April 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority decided to drop the charges, citing political interference.