The Johannesburg High Court has turned down an application by three non-governmental organisations to appear as amici curiae (friends of the court) in the rape trial of former deputy president Jacob Zuma. The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, the Centre for Applied Legal Studies and the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre had wanted to present evidence.
Three non-governmental organisations have applied to give expert evidence in the Jacob Zuma rape trial in the Johannesburg High Court. This would include the reasons, known by people working with rape survivors, why they often did not take the first opportunity to make known the assault and to seek help, Peter Hodes SC told the court on Monday.
The state will use a one-week adjournment to mull over developments in axed deputy president Jacob Zuma's rape trial and decide how to proceed. Outside the court, Zuma's supporters huddled together on Thursday as this was explained to them through a megaphone.
Jacob Zuma's lawyer could ask that testimony by a top Gauteng police detective be declared inadmissible after he admitted to not following basic police procedure, the Johannesburg High Court heard on Wednesday.
Jacob Zuma's first statement to police during the rape probe against him made no mention of consensual sex he has claimed he had with his accuser, the court heard on Tuesday. A police officer also testified he forgot to add to his statement Zuma's reply when asked to point out the crime scene.
The first week of Jacob Zuma's trial ended on a dramatic note with the court hearing he had unprotected sex with his HIV-positive rape accuser and she was treated in a mental institution. Meanwhile, Zuma says he will emerge from his trial on rape charges with his popularity intact.
Jacob Zuma's rape accuser was treated at a mental institution in Zimbabwe after her father died, the Johannesburg High Court heard on Friday. The woman's mother testified that her daughter ''had experienced many difficulties''.
Jacob Zuma's rape accuser has denied making a number of attempted rape claims when she returned to South Africa from exile. Earlier on Thursday, the Johannesburg High Court heard that while she was a child three men had raped her, and one had attempted to rape her on separate occasions.
The woman accusing Jacob Zuma of raping her told the Johannesburg High Court on Wednesday that she became ''shit scared'' when she realised what was about to happen. Zuma's lawyer Kemp J Kemp had asked her why she did not open her eyes to see what he was doing when he came into her guest room and started massaging her.
The woman Jacob Zuma allegedly raped told the Johannesburg High Court on Tuesday she had been raped on a previous occasion. She said this while giving evidence on the contents of an SMS sent to her sister after the alleged incident involving Zuma.
After describing in detail her alleged rape by Jacob Zuma, the complainant told the Johannesburg High Court on Monday that she had been offered compensation if she dropped the charge. She was also asked if she realised the effect the allegation would have on the African National Congress, and told to deny the charge to two newspaper reporters.