Judge questions Zuma rape verdict

Johannesburg - Former Constitutional Court judge Zak Yacoob has questioned the rape ruling involving President Jacob Zuma in 2006, saying he would have found him guilty, The Times reported on Friday.

"I have a serious difference of opinion. I had a serious problem with the Zuma judgment. If it were me, I would have set aside the judgment", he was quoted as saying.

"Trials and judges do not decide the truth, judges never know the truth."

Judges were human and their decisions were to an extent subjective, he reportedly said at the Arts of Human Rights workshop on Thursday.

Yacoob said he had a "serious problem" with Johannesburg High Court Judge Willem van der Merwe's ruling that Zuma was not guilty of raping the woman, identified as "Khwezi".

He believed the Zuma trial was not about finding the truth but a "story telling contest" between two opposing sides, with the judgment based on which side told the better story.

He said sometimes truth and justice were not on the same side.

Van der Merwe decided at the time that the state had not proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Zuma intended to commit rape.

In his ruling, he questioned Khwezi's credibility.

Poloyatonki Kgosi814 2014-08-08 11:56:37 AM
Reinstate the charges Please... Zuma is the worst thing ever to hit SA.
Marius Santana 2014-08-08 12:06:26 PM
Brave move judge Yacoob! We need more men with integrity like you in this country! And while I agree with your sentiment Jacob and his bunch of merry henchmen will now proceed to make your name toti!
Deeteem 2014-08-08 12:06:57 PM
Oh how I wish these rape charges as well as the 786 fraud charges can be reinstated !!
FastnEasy Loans 2014-08-08 12:07:17 PM
Very Useless Information
Maphoka Mokutle Beloved 2014-08-08 12:07:21 PM
Zuma is like a Tsunami
Ndinga Mzinzi 2014-08-08 12:09:24 PM
The worst thing to ever happen in our country.
RDynasty LaFamilia 2014-08-08 12:09:41 PM
Take boomer back to stand pls
Mohlogopela Seake 2014-08-08 12:10:22 PM
what if i put it to you that the rape crime was actualy commited by julius malema not jacob zuma!
DrManhattan 2014-08-08 12:19:06 PM
I'm so glad we don't live in a country with a corrupt rapist for president... Oh wait, my bad!
Hlekanezitha Nxumalo 2014-08-08 12:25:34 PM
This judge is a political judge we don't need a political motivated judges, he under mines the decision of other judges, he think he is perfect! But after all he is not God!