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Rape Victim Zuma Obtains Asylum in the Netherlands

03 July 2007 | 10:04 | English
'I have been raped by comrades before. They force women to sleep with them, even now, because they have the power to do so. And no one dares to speak out.' The culture of violence has never ceased to exist in the South-African ANC, even after the end of apartheid, says Fezeka Kuzwayo. Kuzwayo is the woman who accused former vice president Jacob Zuma of raping her. The rape trial that followed led to Zumas acquittal, because 'the state had not proven the case beyond reasonable doubt.' As it turns out, Kuzwayo and her mother have gotten political asylum in the Netherlands. Dutch correspondent Kees Broere has the scoop this morning with an interview in de Volkskrant with the now 32 year old Kuzwayo.
The trial against former vice president Jacob Zuma in Johannesburg led to sometimes nauseating expressions of misogyny. Zuma's supporters cried out to 'Burn the bitch' and publicly denounced the woman who had dared to press rape charges against the man who was like an uncle to her. Kuswayo was contempted and threatened and isolated by the party that she and her family devoted their lives to in the struggle against apartheid.
It is hard to speak out about sexual violence, as any woman knows who has ever experienced this. Especially when the perpetrator is someone close to you - as in 40 percent of the cases in South-Africa. When a woman has the guts to go to the police, often what is called 'a second rape' awaits her.
The women in Eastern Congo who dared to go on the streets and demonstrate against the massive rapes during the war, were called 'whores of the Rwandans' by some bystanders. Even in The Netherlands only a tiny part of all rape cases that get to court led to a conviction - a much lower percentage than for any other kind of crime that is judged. On the other hand the media tend to have a bigger interest in a handful of false accusations than in the boat load of real victims.
In Kuzwayo's case it turns out that the threats did not stop after the acquittal. In May 2006 Kuzwayo and her mother came to the Netherlands on a business visa. After that had expired, they applied for political asylum, that has been granted last month.
I was often infuriated by the macho display of Zuma's supporters. Kuzwayo's name was dragged through the mire and she was publicly humiliated in all sorts of ways. I often felt powerless: wasn't there anything I could do to let her know that she did not stand alone in this?
It is terrible to learn now that she and her mother felt they had to flee their country. In South-Africa a woman is raped every 26 seconds. Only seven percent of reported cases lead to conviction. Let's not keep silent about this.
  1. South Africa is in a position whereby they allowed the majority to take over, and its a typical case of the wrong people in the right roles. The above URL has other stories that resulted in this situation
    Claude - 25 07 12 - 19:15
  2. Fezeka Khuzwayo is not a rape victim. She’s a false rape accuser. Zuma was acquited.
    Ikabot - 18 10 12 - 15:14
  3. When Fezeka was a young girl she was raped and Zuma paid for the counseling sessions for the young lady, that is why he is been declared an ”uncle”
    This information was never made public because the 1st advocate who had this info received death threads. The case was then given to a prof of psychology university of Pretoria she also received death threats from the ANC that is why Zuma won the case. Zuma knew that this lady is was vulnerable and he exploited that.
    zombo - 25 10 12 - 10:57
  4. Disgusting that the president of the now “free” South Africa is allowed to do this and nobody bats an eye. Jacob Zuma is a thief, polygamist and a criminal all together. South Africa is sure to become the next Zimbabwe if this man remains in power.
    Jack Sparow - 20 01 14 - 16:35
  5. Except Zuma didn’t do this. What Fezeka Khuzwayo did do was falsely accuse Zuma of rape.
    Ikabot - 21 01 14 - 05:21
  6. Ikabot, doesn’t know what he is talking about. It’s nonsensical and very idiotic for him to say the President was falsely accused, when it’s public knowledge that the President has been doing all this sexual shenanigans even in exile (Tanzania etc).
    James Qololo - 29 01 14 - 11:12
  7. Yes, JZ and Fezeka Khuzwayo got up to sexual shenanigans together. That’s well documented. He’s still not a rapist, and Fezeka Khuzwayo is still a false rape accuser.

    Rape is not sexual shenanigans. It’s a violent crime. Falsely accusing someone of a violent crime is reprehensible.

    The president was falsely accused because he was accused of rape and is innocent of rape.
    Ikabot - 29 01 14 - 12:35
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