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‘Khwezi was robbed of freedom in her own country’

Fezekile Kuzwayo died from an unknown illness last week; she was 41.

Four female EFF members holding placards in front of the stage as President Jacob Zuma delivers his address at the IEC national results centre in Pretoria. The placards refer to the woman named "Khwezi" who accused Zuma of rape in 2005. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The woman known as Khwezi, Fezekile Kuzwayo, has been remembered as an activist, a loving friend and a strong woman who was robbed of her freedom in her own country.

Kuzwayo died from an unknown illness last week; she was 41.

She accused President Jacob Zuma of rape in 2005.

Zuma was acquitted of the charge the following year.

Activists have held a memorial service for Kuzwayo in the Johannesburg CBD this afternoon.

Feminist groups and activists have remembered Kuzwayo as a fighter who gave a voice to those who remain silent.

Nonhlahla Skhosana from the Sonke Gener Justice says Kuzwayo's story was not well-narrated and must be kept alive.

She will be laid to rest in Durban tomorrow.