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Sisulu on Zuma rape accuser: ‘I believe she believes she was raped’

Lindiwe Sisulu says she is deeply concerned about gender-based violence in South Africa, adding that it is one of the most important issues that her campaign is centred around.

African National Congress presidential hopeful Lindiwe Sisulu during an interview with 702's Eusebius McKaiser on 26 October 2017. Picture: Cape Talk

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress presidential hopeful Lindiwe Sisulu says that the issue of feminism is not about believing survivors, but about changing society's perception around women abuse.

Sisulu says she is deeply concerned about gender-based violence in South Africa, adding that it is one of the most important issues that her campaign is centred around.

She was asked by Radio 702 and Cape Talk's Eusebius McKaiser about her thoughts on President Jacob Zuma's rape accuser, the late Fezeka Kuzwayo.

When asked whether she believes Kuzwayo’s rape allegation she said: “I believe she believes she was raped.

“I don’t know if I have enough evidence on that to be able to make a decision on that. I know that both parties firmly believed what they said.”

Kuzwayo accused President Jacob Zuma of rape in 2005, however, he was acquitted the following year, which later forced her to live in exile after the trial.

In 1990, Kuzwayo was diagnosed with HIV and then became an Aids activist.

She passed away in 2016 at the age of 41.

LISTEN: Lindiwe Sisulu in conversation with Eusebius McKaiser

Twitter users, including McKaiser, responded to Sisulu's comments on Kuzwayo with a mixture of anger and disbelief.