The court settled the matter of Khwezi's rape‚ says Zuma's office

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President Jacob Zuma has hit back at his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, reaffirming the rule of law after Ramaphosa said he believed Zuma's accuser Khwezi was indeed raped.

"Ramaphosa was questioned about the 2005 case in an interview on Radio 702 on Thursday evening".

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He did however also say he understood how hard it is for women to come forward with allegations of sexual violence, and he had sympathy for Khwezi.

The rape allegation has haunted Zuma for years despite his acquittal in court and has remained a popular topic in South Africa as the.MeToo movement spreads. "But at the same time, there is a side of me that says 'yes there was a young woman who complained she was raped, but I have to listen to that and pay heed to that and pledge my sympathy and my empathy to her story", Ramaphosa said.

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Radio host Redi Tlhabi has since penned a book titled: Khwezi: The Remarkable Story of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo, detailing Khwezi's life story.

Mr Ramaphosa is competing against Mr Zuma's ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to become the leader of the ANC later this month.

"It must be one of the most hard decisions that she has to make", he said.

"She put her evidence before the court. when you deal with issues of gender-based violence, rape, the general tendancy is to dismiss".

In September 2006, Zuma stood trial for the alleged rape of Khwezi but he was found not guilty and acquitted.

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