Not guilty! Zuma acquitted of sexual assault on this day in 2006

Not guilty! Zuma acquitted of sexual assault on this day in 2006

On this day in history, the Johannesburg High Court acquitted former South African president, Jacob Zuma, of sexual assault charges against him.

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Today, exactly 13-years-ago, Jacob Zuma celebrated as the Johannesburg High Court found him not guilty of raping a HIV-positive woman at his home in Joburg.

On 14 June 2005, Then head of state Thabo Mbeki dismissed Jacob Zuma as the deputy president after he was implicated in a corruption scandal. A couple of months later, a woman filed rape charges against uBaba.

According to the lady, she slept over at Zuma's Joburg residence when he forcefully had intercourse with her.

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The alleged sexual assault prompted the ANC to withdraw from Msholozi and remove him from any political duties pending the trial. gathered Judge Willem van der Merwe concluded that Zuma and the 31-year-old woman had consensual intercourse.

However, van der Merwe added it was 'totally unacceptable' for uBaba to have unprotected intercourse with a woman who was not his regular partner and who he knew had HIV.

South Africans were speechless after learning Zuma said he had a shower following his time with the woman, which he believed reduced his chances of contracting the virus.

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