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2006-07-31 06:20:36

By Paul Simao PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa (Reuters) - A South African judge on Monday postponed the graft trial of former Deputy President Jacob Zuma as defense lawyers called for the case to be dismissed. Judge Herbert Msimang said he needed time to study papers submitted by the prosecution in support of their call for a delay of several months and by the defense, which has called for a dismissal of the charges if the state is not prepared to proceed quickly with the case....

2006-05-09 15:09:21

By Manoah Esipisu JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Former Deputy President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday he was willing to run for election as South Africa's next president, wasting no time launching a political comeback attempt after his acquittal on rape charges. Zuma said he was immediately resuming his duties at the ruling African National Congress (ANC), which alone would decide whether to nominate him to succeed President Thabo Mbeki in 2009. "Personally over the years I've never refused...

2006-05-09 09:39:22

By Rebecca Harrison JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The acquittal of former Deputy President Jacob Zuma on rape charges has set South Africa back by decades in its fight against sexual violence and a brutal AIDS epidemic, activists said on Tuesday. Zuma was cleared of raping an HIV-positive family friend on Monday after a trial that delved into the accuser's sexual history and saw one of South Africa's most popular politicians downplaying the risk of having sex without a condom. South...

2006-05-09 08:19:43

By Manoah Esipisu JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Former Deputy President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday he was willing to run for election as South Africa's next president, wasting no time launching a political comeback attempt after his acquittal on rape charges. Zuma told a news conference he was immediately resuming his duties at the ruling African National Congress (ANC), which alone would decide whether to nominate him to succeed President Thabo Mbeki in 2009. "Personally over the years...

2006-05-09 05:39:15

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma apologized on Tuesday for having unprotected sex with an HIV-positive woman and said he was resuming his duties at the ruling ANC party after his acquittal on rape charges. "I apologize. I have no doubt about it and it (was) a mistake. The war against AIDS -- I will stand for it and I will continue to preach, even using myself as an example. We need to fight HIV and AIDS because it is a dangerous thing," he...

2006-04-03 10:30:11

By Paul Simao JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma took the stand on Monday in his rape trial, launching a personal defence against charges that could explode his hopes of becoming the country's next president. Zuma, who remains one of South Africa's most popular politicians despite facing both the rape case and separate graft charges, said top officials had conspired to thwart his political career. He said his accuser -- a 31-year old AIDS...

2006-04-03 08:03:10

By Paul Simao JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma took the stand on Monday in his rape trial, launching a personal defense against charges that could explode his hopes of becoming the country's next president. Zuma, who remains one of South Africa's most popular politicians despite facing both the rape case and separate graft charges, said top officials had conspired to thwart his political career by pursuing the case. He said his accuser -- a...

2006-04-03 05:28:08

By Paul Simao JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma took the stand on Monday in his rape trial, suggesting the charges were part of a political plot designed to bury his hopes of becoming the next president. Zuma accused senior officials, including Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils, of being part of a secretive group working within the government and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to thwart his political career. Zuma, speaking in...

2005-12-07 06:41:02

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) suspended party deputy president Jacob Zuma on Wednesday pending his trial on a rape charge. Zuma, an ANC heavyweight once seen as the frontrunner to succeed President Thabo Mbeki in 2009, was charged with rape on Tuesday following allegations made by an unnamed 31-year-old friend. He has maintained his innocence. The ANC's National Working Committee said in a statement that Zuma will "not act or pronounce...

2005-12-07 04:12:10

By Manoah Esipisu JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African newspapers demanded on Wednesday that former deputy president Jacob Zuma relinquish his leadership post in the ruling African National Congress a day after he was charged in court with rape. Zuma said on Tuesday he had quit junior party posts but would keep the job of party deputy president -- a springboard from which friends say he can launch a bid for the presidency -- after he was charged with raping an unnamed 31-year-old...