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S. African Testifies at His Rape Trial

April 04, 2006|From the Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — The man once groomed to be South Africa's next president defended himself Monday against charges that he raped an HIV-positive family friend, saying they had consensual sex.

Jacob Zuma, who was fired as deputy president under a cloud of corruption allegations in June, said his accuser did not try to resist him at any point during their encounter.

The case is the most politically explosive here since the end of apartheid and has gripped South Africa, with large crowds of Zuma supporters gathering daily in front of the Johannesburg High Court.

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