Jacob Zuma – Not Guilty, Not Innocent
Well, as most of you who read the papers or watch the news will know, Jacob Zuma has been acquitted of rape. This is exactly the outcome i expected, as it was the correct legal decision to make. I say this only because there was reasonable doubt, and in the presence of reasonable doubt the judge had no choice but to acquit him. In a move that was strangely reminiscent of the O.J. Simpson trial, Zuma got off because of shoddy police work. If the policeman who had investigated had thought to write down everything Zuma said, and had thought to read him his rights before questioning him, i believe things may be different. But as it stands, in the words of Zenstar, he got Cochraned.
Now, that’s the verdict in the court of the land. In the court of public opinion, the man is guilty as sin. A man who can claim that a woman wearing a skirt is asking for it, a man who claims that a Zulu woman who wants sex will charge you with rape if you don’t sleep with her, a man who can offer to pay lobola for her if she drops the charges, a man who was admittedly cheating on his wives and concubines with the complainant whether it was rape or not… if this man did not rape this woman, he is certainly capable of it. He has demonstrated that in his mind, women are either property or whores.
But that’s the rape trial, over and done with. Now for the corruption trial. Does the fun ever stop for the ex-deputy president of our great land?
And the complainant? Still un-named, she is now being hurried into exile outside of the country – indeed, outside of the continent – because if her name is revealed, or if she remains anywhere within reach, there is a good chance that Zuma’s supporters will kill her. And they will do it in his name, those proud 100% Zulu boys.