Aids activist Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo‚ popularly known as Zuma’s alleged rape victim Khwezi who accused President Jacob Zuma of rape in 2005, has died.
The sad news was confirmed on Sunday in a media statement released by Khwezi’s family.
The statement read;
“It is with our deepest sorrow that the Kuzwayo family announces the passing of our daughter Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo. In our family she was lovingly known as Fezeka‚ and in the public domain her supporters called her Khwezi.”
According to the information provided by the family, Khwezi died on Saturday. However, the circumstances surrounding her death are still a bit shady. Nevertheless, Khwezi was reportedly diagnosed with HIV/Aids in 1990.
To her family, Khwezi was;
“A loving soul. A daughter‚ a sister and an aunt we will forever hold dear in our hearts. We loved her in life‚ let us never forget her after death.”
The family further asked for space and privacy to mourn their deceased while they prepare to lay her to rest. Also, a private funeral service will be held for close family and friends while a public memorial will be held at a later date. Information about her public memorial service will be announced soon.
Who’s Zuma’s Alleged Rape Victim Khwezi?
The woman who is best known as Zuma’s rape accuser made headlines after she accused President Jacob Zuma of raping her ten years ago. The charge was brought against Zuma on 8 May, 2005 when he was still the deputy president. But, he was acquitted of the charge in May 2006 by the Johannesburg High Court.
As the trial progressed, Zuma said he did not rape the woman, insisting that the sex had been consensual as she had “asked for it”. In addition, Zuma who allegedly had unprotected sex with the woman said he had taken precautions by taking a shower shortly after the immoral act.
Kwezi’s father was a close friend to Zuma, having spent time together on Robben Island. Thus, the family saw Zuma as a father figure after the death of Khwezi’s father in 1985.