Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo has died, her family confirmed.
eNCA | Zuma rape accuser Khwezi has died https://t.co/ypI6wLs2ML pic.twitter.com/ZRAYSeZVnY — eNCA (@eNCA) October 9, 2016
Fezekile, better known to the public as Khwezi, passed away yesterday.
She accused President Jacob Zuma of raping her 10 years ago. He was found not guilty.
"It is with our deepest sorrow that the Kuzwayo family announces the passing of our daughter Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo," her family said in a statement on Sunday. Read more: ‘He said I wanted it’: Khwezi’s powerful poem "In our family she was lovingly known as Fezeka‚ and in the public domain her supporters called her Khwezi." They did not give details on how she died, and asked for "space to mourn privately as we prepare to lay her to rest."
A statement from the family of the woman who accused President Zuma of rape says she died yesterday. #Khwezi pic.twitter.com/9nrYr7tDmc — thembekile (@ThembiMrototo) October 9, 2016
They described her as "a loving soul. A daughter‚ a sister and an aunt we will forever hold dear in our hearts. We loved her in life‚ let us never forget her after death."
In 2006, Zuma was acquitted of rape after a trial in the Johannesburg High Court.
Khwezi was the daughter of an ANC member who was imprisoned on Robben Island with Zuma.
After the trial, Khwezi and her mother moved to the Netherlands where they were granted asylum.
They subsequently moved back to KwaZulu Natal.
In 2008, Khwezi penned a poem, published in ZAM Magazine, in reaction to Zuma's acquittal.