Zuma ‘kissed’ un­will­ing journo

New book ‘He pressed against her and his tongue in­vaded her mouth’

The Times (South Africa) - - News - By NG­WAKO MODJADJI

● An un­named jour­nal­ist has claimed Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma forced him­self onto her, giv­ing her a long kiss.

The claim is made in a soon-to-be­launched book about the late Fezek­ile Nt­sukela Kuzwayo who, in 2005, ac­cused Zuma of rap­ing her.

He was ac­quit­ted of the charge in 2006. The book, Kh­wezi, writ­ten by Redi Tl­habi, de­tails how Zuma al­legedly in­vited a fe­male jour­nal­ist to his home in For­est Town, Jo­han­nes­burg, for an in­ter­view.

It was the same house where Kuzwayo — who be­came known as “Kh­wezi” to pro­tect her iden­tity — ac­cused Zuma of rap­ing her.

Tl­habi writes that Zuma asked the jour­nal­ist to ac­com­pany him to a room as he had some­thing to show her.

“She fol­lowed him, he opened the door to a room and she stepped in­side. “It was his bed­room.

“Be­fore she re­alised what all this meant, he had his arms around her, press­ing him­self against her body, and he planted a long, de­ter­mined kiss on her lips.

“Her back to the door, she froze for a mo­ment as his tongue in­vaded her mouth.”

Tl­habi writes that the jour­nal­ist man­aged to pull away from Zuma and told him she was hav­ing her pe­riod.

“He loos­ened his grip and stopped kiss­ing her. He was smil­ing, warm and friendly. Bizarrely, he re­as­sured her, telling her not to worry be­cause they could try next time.”

The jour­nal­ist told Tl­habi on that day she re­alised how it had hap­pened to Kuzwayo.

“I knew it. I did not be­lieve her be­fore and thought Zuma was a vic­tim. But that day, about three years af­ter the trial, I knew she had told the truth.”

The jour­nal­ist re­vealed this to Tl­habi about a month af­ter Kuzwayo’s fu­neral.

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