Zweli Mkhize denies trying to trick Zuma’s rape accuser to drop charges

A new book written by journalist Redi Tlhabi apparently reveals how Mkhize misled Kuzwayo, commonly known as Khwezi, to intentionally compromise her case.

ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize at the ANC national policy conference at Nasrec on 2 July 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize has denied recent claims that he tried to manipulate President Jacob Zuma's rape accuser Fezeka Kuzwayo to drop the charges him.

A new book written by journalist Redi Tlhabi apparently reveals how Mkhize misled Kuzwayo, commonly known as Khwezi, to intentionally compromise her case.

Zuma was found not guilty of the crime in 2006.

Kuzwayo died in October last year.

In a statement, Mkhize narrates how he came to know of sexual relations between Zuma and Khwezi.

He says after the president told him that he had made a terrible mistake he reached out to Khwezi and her mother.

The treasurer-general says he also organised a legal advisor for the family who he had never met and had given no directive.

According to a City Press article, Mkhize advised Kwezi not to use the NPA's witness protection programme as it was to be discontinued but to rather enter the police's programme.

The article claims that the police then recorded all her interviews and sessions with her psychologist but the tapes disappeared compromising confidentiality.

Mkhize, however, claims he did not interfere in the legal process after finding the family a lawyer.

He also says he stopped communicating with the family after he was approached by police for a statement.