In 2005, Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo accused Jacob Zuma of raping her. A year later, Zuma was found not guilty after a trial in the Johannesburg High Court.
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After the trial, Khwezi, the daughter of an ANC member who was imprisoned on Robben Island with Zuma, and her mother moved to the Netherlands where they were granted asylum.
They subsequently moved back to KwaZulu Natal, News24 reports, where Khwezi is believed to have been when she died on Saturday 8 October.
Her family confirmed her death, but did not give details on how she died.
In 2008, Khwezi penned a poem, published in ZAM Magazine, in reaction to Zuma's acquittal.
News24 reports she recited the piece in the Netherlands, dressed in a traditional cloth called a khanga.
During the trial Zuma testified that Khwezi was wearing a khanga and he interpreted her dress as an invitation, according to Mail & Guardian.
This is what she wrote:
"I am Khanga
I wrap myself around the curvaceous bodies of women all over Africa
I am the perfect nightdress on those hot African nights
The ideal attire for household chores
I secure babies happily on their mother’s backs
Am the perfect gift for new bride and new mother alike
Armed with proverbs, I am vehicle for communication between women
I exist for the comfort and convenience of a woman
But no no no make no mistake …
I am not here to please a man
And I certainly am not a seductress
Please don’t use me as an excuse to rape
Don’t hide behind me when you choose to abuse
That’s what he said my Malume
The man who called himself my daddy’s best friend
Shared a cell with him on [Robben] Island for ten whole years
He said I wanted it
That my khanga said it
That with it I lured him to my bed
That with it I want you is what I said
But what about the NO I uttered with my mouth
Not once but twice
And the please no I said with my body
What about the tear that ran down my face as I lay stiff with shock
In what sick world is that sex
In what sick world is that consent
The same world where the rapist becomes the victim
The same world where I become the bitch that must burn
The same world where I am forced into exile because I spoke out?
This is NOT my world
I reject that world
My world is a world where fathers protect and don’t rape
My world is a world where a woman can speak out
Without fear for her safety
My world is a world where no one, but no one is above the law
My world is a world where sex is pleasurable not painful"
Sources: News24, M&G, EWN