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Ramaphosa believes Zuma is guilty of rape

08 December 2017

Zuma said he also met with all the ANC presidential hopefuls last week where all agreed on the need to ensure unity‚ order and cohesion at the conference.

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma on Friday responded to deputy Cyril Ramaphosa's statement that he believed the version of the woman who accused the president of rape more than a decade ago, with a terse reminder that he was acquitted by the high court.

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During a radio interview with 702's Karima Brown, Ramaphosa was asked what his views were on the rape allegation that Khwezi Khuzwayo brought against Zuma in 2005. In 2006 Mr Zuma was found not guilty of raping Fezekile Kuzwayo - the daughter of an old family friend. "It must be the most hard decision a woman has to yes, I would believe her".

"The appointment of Shaun Abrahams as the National Director of Public Prosecutions is reviewed, declared invalid and set aside", Judge President Dunstan Mlambo said at the Pretoria High Court. "Having evaluated the totality of the evidence, the court acquitted the President of the rape charges", the statement reads.

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After Brown again put the question to him pointedly, Ramaphosa said he understood how hard it is for women to come forward with allegations of sexual violence.

Ramaphosa is one of two front-runners in a closely watched contest to take over from President Jacob Zuma as ANC leader at a party conference starting on December 16.

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Khwezi‚ who was HIV-positive‚ went into exile after receiving death threats.

Ramaphosa believes Zuma is guilty of rape