Kasrils: ANC sex abuse cases always swept under the rug

The former Intelligence Minister reflected on the life of Fezeka Khuzwayo, the woman who accused President Jacob Zuma of rape in 2005.

FILE: Former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils says incidents of sexual abuse within the African National Congress (ANC) have always been swept under the carpet.

Kasrils reflected on the life of Fezeka Khuzwayo, commonly known as Khwezi, the woman who accused President Jacob Zuma of rape in 2005.

A book on Khuzwayo's life reveals how ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize apparently tried to manipulate her to intentionally compromise her case.

Kasrils says it would have been embarrassing to the party to expose the culture of sexual abuse.

“If we had actually bitten that bullet we would have succeeded much better. Thing have gone haywire and you could say we’ve allowed this to happen.”

Meanwhile, Mkhize this weekend denied the claims, saying he assisted Khwezi's family with finding legal representation, but stopped all communication with them after he was approached by police for a statement.

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.

Additional reporting by Kgomotso Modise.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)