Former President Jacob Zuma celebrates his 78th birthday on Sunday and many have taken to social media to wish him a happy birthday.

The former African National Congress (ANC) president, also affectionately referred to by his clan names Msholozi and Nxamalala, was born on 12 April 1942 to in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

Zuma served as South African President from the 2009 general elections until 14 April 2018, when he resigned.

He is loved for his cheerfulness and his singing.

However, his Presidency was marred by legal battles which he continues to fight. In 2005 while still deputy president, Zuma was accused of corruption and racketeering, which resulted in Schabir Shaik, his legal advisor, being convicted of corruption and fraud.

The former president currently faces 18 charges of corruption.

Solid cadre of the movement

The Jacob Zuma Foundation has described Zuma as a solid cadre of the movement and a patron of the organisation. The foundation sent birthday well-wishes to Zuma in a statement.

“We wish to convey a message of good health and many more years of happiness and good life after all your selfless sacrifice to liberate us.

“We continue to reflect on some of the important lessons from you and about you Baba Nxamalala, the man with the greatest heart, the real son of the soil, the patron of the organisation, the trust and Matomrela Trust. Most importantly, we remember you as a member of the ANC in good standing.”

South Africans took to social media to bid Zuma a happy birthday.