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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...

2006-05-08 10:00:52

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Buoyed by an acquittal in his high-profile rape case, South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma addressed thousands of cheering supporters on Monday urging them not to be cowed by those in power. "I thank you for not being frightened because you stood for the truth. No one should be intimidated because he's hated," Zuma told a crowd of several thousand jubilant supporters thronging the streets of downtown Johannesburg after his not-guilty verdict was...

2006-05-08 08:38:49

By Manoah Esipisu and Rebecca Harrison JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African judge on Monday acquitted former Deputy President Jacob Zuma on charges he raped an HIV-positive family friend, keeping alive the political hopes of a man until recently seen as the country's next president. "I find that consensual sex took place between the complainant and the accused," Judge Willem van der Merwe told a packed courtroom as more than 2,000 Zuma supporters massed outside the Johannesburg...

2006-05-08 08:19:46

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African judge on Monday acquitted former Deputy President Jacob Zuma of raping an HIV-positive family friend, keeping alive the political hopes of a man once seen as the country's next president. "I find that consensual sex took place between the complainant and the accused," Judge Willem van der Merwe told a packed Johannesburg High Court in a verdict that was broadcast live on national television. Zuma's rape trial has fanned tensions in the ruling...

2006-05-08 08:14:24

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African judge on Monday acquitted former Deputy President Jacob Zuma of raping an HIV-positive family friend after a sensational court case which opened wide rifts in the ruling African National Congress. Zuma was once seen as South Africa's next president. The verdict kept his political career alive but he was badly wounded by the case.

2006-05-08 02:08:18

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African judge on Monday began delivering his verdict in the rape trial of former Deputy President Jacob Zuma as crowds of Zuma supporters chanted and danced outside the court proclaiming his innocence. Judge Willem van der Merwe, who under South Africa's non-jury trial system will decide the case, began what was expected to be a lengthy review of the evidence at 0700 GMT. The full verdict was expected to take several hours, capping a sensational trial...

2006-04-28 11:26:37

By Manoah Esipisu JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Defense lawyers began a final push on Friday to acquit former Deputy President Jacob Zuma of rape, calling his accuser a liar as South Africa's most sensational trial since the end of apartheid neared its end. Lead defense lawyer Kemp J. Kemp said the man once seen as South Africa's likely next president was the victim of an elaborate set-up by the complainant, a 31-year-old family friend who charged he raped her at his Johannesburg home...

2006-04-26 11:32:30

By Gershwin Wanneburg JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Prosecutors urged a South African court on Wednesday to convict former Deputy President Jacob Zuma of rape, saying his HIV-positive accuser would never have consented to sex without a condom. Beginning final arguments, prosecutor Charin de Beer said evidence proved Zuma raped a 31-year-old family friend in November -- charges which could sink the political career of a man once seen as South Africa's probable next president. "It is...

2006-04-26 08:56:25

By Gershwin Wanneburg JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Prosecutors urged a South African court on Wednesday to convict former Deputy President Jacob Zuma of rape, saying his HIV-positive accuser would never have consented to sex without a condom. Beginning final arguments in the politically charged case, prosecutor Charin de Beer reviewed evidence she said proved Zuma raped a 31-year-old family friend last November -- charges which threaten to sink the political career of a man once...