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Yacoob weighs in on Zuma rape case

The former ConCourt judge says judges look at the same events differently.

Former Constitutional Court Judge Zak Yacoob. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Constitutional Court judge Zak Yacoob says he doesn't know whether he would find President Jacob Zuma guilty of rape based on the evidence presented during the president's rape trial in 2006.

This morning it was reported that Yacoob had told a legal conference on Thursday that he would have set aside the Johannesburg High Court's decision to acquit Zuma.

He said he would not have given as much weight to the alleged victim's sexual history as the judge did.

But Yacoob says he can't say what finding he would have made in the case.

"I don't know because if I had the chance to review the ruling, I would have had to read the records. All I can say is that I wouldn't have relied on the things that judge in that court relied on."

He says he must take some blame for not speaking clearly enough yesterday.

"The fact that I didn't say that gave rise to this kind of publicity."

Yacoob says he was only trying to make the subtle point that judges are subjective and look at the same events differently.

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