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2006-03-06 09:11:14

By Manoah Esipisu JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - An HIV-positive AIDS activist testified in court on Monday that South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma raped her without a condom, in a case that could end the charismatic leader's political career. The 31-year-old woman, a longtime Zuma family friend, gave graphic testimony as she took the stand for the first time. As more than 2,000 Zuma supporters demonstrated outside the Johannesburg courthouse, his accuser told how the man...

2006-03-06 05:47:11

By Manoah Esipisu JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma pleaded not guilty on Monday to a rape charge that could end his political career, saying he had consensual sex with the woman who lodged the complaint. Zuma -- once seen as the top contender to become South Africa's next president but now fighting separate corruption and sex scandals -- entered his not guilty plea as hundreds of his supporters demonstrated outside the Johannesburg...

2006-03-06 04:20:56

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma pleaded not guilty to a rape charge on Monday, saying he had sexual relations with the woman who lodged the accusation but that it was consensual. "We had sex for some time. It was consensual," Zuma said in a statement read by his lawyer to a packed Johannesburg courtroom as he entered a not guilty plea in the politically-charged case. Hundreds of Zuma supporters demonstrated outside the court, while a rival...

2006-02-18 07:28:37

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Thabo Mbeki on Saturday hailed Haiti's election outcome, which local officials have said could lead to the return of ousted former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Aristide has been living in exile in South Africa since 2004 after he fled an uprising over charges of despotism and corruption. South Africa's foreign minister said this month Pretoria would monitor conditions after the February 7 poll -- in which Aristide's long time...

2006-02-15 04:00:02

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma fathered a son with the sister of a judge who could preside over his rape trial, further clouding the politically-charged case, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. Zuma, once touted by many as a potential successor to South African President Thabo Mbeki in 2009, was scheduled to go on trial this week but the hearing was postponed to give defense lawyers more time to study new evidence. The original judge...

2006-02-14 04:48:30

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The rape trial of South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma was postponed on Tuesday until March 6 at the request of the defense. Judge Ezra Goldstein made the announcement to a packed courtroom as around 1,500 supporters of Zuma gathered outside. Zuma's defense team asked for the delay to give it more time to examine documents, news agency SAPA reported. Goldstein stepped in to announce the delay after Judge Bernard Ngoepe withdrew on Monday...

2006-02-13 06:05:00

By Manoah Esipisu JOHANNESBURG -- Besieged by angry protesters, a South African court on Monday launched the rape trial of former Deputy President Jacob Zuma -- a man once seen as the likely next leader of Africa's most powerful country. Zuma, 63, arrived at the Johannesburg High Court as police dressed in riot gear squared off against hundreds of his supporters chanting slogans and dancing in the streets. Zuma is charged with raping a 31-year-old AIDS activist and longtime family friend in...

2006-02-13 01:13:58

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Riot police fanned out through central Johannesburg on Monday, locking down security as former Deputy President Jacob Zuma was due to face a rape trial that has rocked the ruling African National Congress. Police stretched barbed wire around the Johannesburg court house where Zuma was due to appear later on Monday. Zuma's accuser, a 31-year-old AIDS activist, was hustled into the court accompanied by armed plainclothes security guards, her face covered by a...

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 06:22:21

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) said on Wednesday that party deputy president Jacob Zuma would suspend his official duties pending his trial on a rape charge, a party spokesman said. Zuma, an ANC heavyweight once seen as the frontrunner to succeed President Thabo Mbeki in 2009, was charged in court with rape on Tuesday following allegations made by an unnamed 31-year-old friend. He has denied the charge.


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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