Johannesburg, South Africa South Africa's popular former deputy president, already facing corruption charges, was charged with rape Tuesday in a case that could destroy his chances of taking the helm of the continent's powerhouse.
Jacob Zuma, who was dismissed from government but remains No. 2 in the governing African National Congress, maintained his innocence.
Zuma was formally indicted at Johannesburg Magistrate's Court and was released on $3,075 bail, the National Prosecuting Authority said. Trial was set for Feb. 13.