Ramaphosa adds controversy to ANC leadership battle with Khwezi rape bombshell

Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa says he believes the woman who accused President Jacob Zuma of rape.

FILE: Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa says he believes the woman who accused President Jacob Zuma of rape.

Ramaphosa was speaking during the 702 town hall on Thursday night.

Fezeka 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.

Ramaphosa says that while the outcome of the court case led to the acquittal of President Jacob Zuma, he also has to play heed to evidence that Khwezi presented in court.

“I know how difficult and painful it is for a woman to garner up the courage to stand up and say 'yes, I was raped'. It must be one of the most difficult decisions that she has to make.”

So does he believe that President Zuma raped Khwezi?

“Yes I would believe that.”

LISTEN: Ramaphosa says he believes Khwezi was raped

When asked the same question, ANC presidential hopeful Baleka Mbete said she doesn’t want to get into the issue, while Lindiwe Sisulu said she believes that Khwezi believed she was raped.