Her name is Fezeka

2016-11-03 10:06
Fezekile "Khwezi" Kuzwayo (Supplied)

Fezekile "Khwezi" Kuzwayo (Supplied)

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Johannesburg - A warm and beautiful spirit.

This is how family friend Marc Wegerif remembered Fezekile "Khwezi" Kuzwayo.

He was speaking at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg on Wednesday, after a group of about 500 people marched in honour of the woman who had accused President Jacob Zuma of rape. She died on October 8.

Clad in purple T-shirts and khangas, the group sang all the way from the High Court in Johannesburg, where Zuma was acquitted of the charge of raping Kuzwayo on May 8, 2006, to the country’s highest court. 

Wegerif, who lived with Kuzwayo in Tanzania while she was in exile, said she was always the light, even though she was going through hardships.

“She brought a lot of joy into our lives. She was always a very warm person to those she interacted with,” he said.

Kuzwayo, 42, lived in the Netherlands after the trial and moved to Tanzania in 2010.

Her name was only made public after her death.

“Now that she's gone and left this legacy, we can start to celebrate her and give her identity back,” said Mpumi Mathabela, of the One in Nine Campaign.

Under the #HerNameIsFezeka, marchers said they wanted to restore her dignity and celebrate her life, and to stand up for rape victims who had been wronged by the justice system.

Speakers applauded her courage to speak up about her HIV status and sexuality.

“She knew what the consequences would be, and regardless of all those things she went ahead,” Mathabela said.
 
“She was always a confident person. She knew what she was doing. She was a survivor,” Wegerif said. 

“I want us to remember her as a happy person.”

Other speakers shared stories of how Kuzwayo gave them the strength to stand up and do something.

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