Khwezi’s memorial used as call for strong stand against gender-based violence

Activists say Fezekile Kuzwayo has inspired many victims of gender based violence to speak out.

FILE: One of four women who staged a silent anti-rape protest during President Jacob Zuma's address at the IEC briefing on 6 August 2016. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The memorial service of the woman known as Khwezi, Fezekile Kuzwayo, has been used to call on all South African's to take a strong stand against gender based violence.

Kuzwayo, the woman who accused President Jacob Zuma of rape in 2005, died last week from an unknown illness.

Zuma was acquitted of the rape charge the following year.

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

Feminist groups and activists say Kuzwayo has inspired many victims of gender-based violence to speak out.

Human rights activist Yvette Raphael says Kuzwayo played a huge role in advocating for women's rights.

HIV and Aids activist Steve Letsike says women who speak out about being raped in the country are subjected to insults.

Most of the speakers at the memorial had a Kanga hanging from their shoulders; it was the African item Kuzwayo wore on the night she was in the company of the President.