Archive for Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Dismissed deputy leader charged with rape

December 7, 2005


— 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.


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