Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma
, the President of South Africa
starting in 2009 and current president of the governing political party, the African National Congress
(ANC), was charged with rape
in the Johannesburg High Court
on 6 December 2005. The accuser, Zuma's deceased friend's daughter, was known by Zuma to be HIV positive
. On 8 May 2006, the Court dismissed the charges, agreeing that the sexual act in question was consensual. During the trial, Zuma admitted to having unprotected sex
with his accuser but claimed that he took a shower afterwards to cut the risk of contracting HIV
. This statement has been condemned by the judge, health experts, AIDS activist
and the public in general.
In November, 2005 an investigation began into charges that he had raped a 31 year old family friend at his home in Forest Town
, Johannesburg. Even before charges were filed, the news media reported that the alleged victim was a member of a prominent ANC family and also an AIDS activist; and that Zuma had acknowledged a consensual sexual relationship with the woman in question.
On the morning of December 6, 2005, rape charges against Zuma were formally filed. Zuma vehemently denied the charges, and affirmed his political commitment to oppose sexual violence.
Even before charges were filed, as rumors about rape accusations surfaced later in November Zuma's political prospects began to appear to take a turn for the worse. Most of Zuma's higher-level political supporters could not... Read More