The HIV positive woman, Fezekile ‘Khwezi’ Kuzwayo, who accused South
Africa’s President Jacob Zuma of rape 10 years ago, died on Saturday.
And this has sparked major reactions on South African social media, with
some people calling for the president’s resignation.
The high-profile case rocked the country before Zuma became president.
Named ‘Khwezi’ by South Africans to protect her image, the victim
reportedly was the daughter of Zuma’s friend, Judson Diza Khuzwayo, a
member of the African National Congress (ANC). The two men had spent 10
years in Robben Island Prison.
In 2005, 31-year-old Khwezi accused Zuma of raping her at his
Johannesburg home. He pleaded not guilty and his attorneys reduced her
claims to a consensual sex.
A year later, Jacob Zuma was acquitted, and in 2009, he became the president of South Africa.
Khwezi, later diagnosed with HIV, fiercely advocated for women’s right
and fought against rape, until yesterday, when her family released a
statement, confirming her death.
“It is with our deepest sorrow that the Kuzwayo family announces the
passing of our daughter Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo,” her mother, Beauty
Sibongile Kuzwayo said.
The cause of her death has not been made public.
Her death has sparked major reactions on social media. While many people
are calling for the president’s resignation, other have noted how
politician Julius Malema vilified the alleged rape victim during the