Making headlines: Ramaphosa says he would believe Khwezi's rape allegation against Zuma; Pauw, Myburgh summoned to police station; And, Zimbabwe judge frees former finance minister Chombo on bail
For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Thabi Madiba.
Ramaphosa says he would believe Khwezi's rape allegation against Zuma
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that, while he accepts that President Jacob Zuma was acquitted of raping Fezekile Kuzwayo - also known as Khwezi - he would believe her allegation.
Ramaphosa was on Thursday evening interviewed by 702's Karima Brown, who pressed him on whether he believed Khwezi.
At first, Ramaphosa said he had to go with the outcome of the court case in 2006, in which Zuma was acquitted, but he also had to take heed of what Khwezi said and he had sympathy for her.
After Brown put the question to him pointedly, Ramaphosa said he understood how difficult it was for women to come forward with allegations of sexual violence.
Pauw, Myburgh summoned to police station
Investigative journalists Jacques Pauw and Pieter-Louis Myburgh, who have both written about alleged corrupt relationships involving President Jacob Zuma, have been summoned to a meeting at a police station.
In a letter to their lawyer yesterday, Cluster Detective Co-coordinator of eThekwini Outer North, a Colonel 'R Govender' stated that the pair had been uncooperative.
Govender said the tone of their letter was indicative that they had no intention to co-operate with the police. He added that in their previous emails to the police office they had promised [to] tender their full co-operation to the Police.
The letter was headlined "criminal investigations", along with their names.
And, Zimbabwe judge frees former finance minister Chombo on bail
A Zimbabwean judge yesterday released on bail former finance minister Ignatius Chombo who is facing charges of corruption dating back two decades, including defrauding the central bank.
Chombo, who was detained after the military seized power in "Operation Restore Legacy" two weeks ago, which it said was meant to remove "criminals" around former president Robert Mugabe, was ordered to pay $5 000 bail and surrender his passport.
High Court judge Edith Mushore accused the government of illegal and arbitrary detention. Chombo's lawyer says he will deny the charges when his trial starts.
Also making headlines:
Former State prosecutor and now Member of Parliament for the Democratic Alliance, Glynnis Breytenbach will appear at the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court today, for charges related to her shredding work-related documents from her work laptop.
That’s a roundup of news making headlines today
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