Former 702 host Redi Tlhabi has released her new book titled Khwezi: The Remarkable Story of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo, which details an account of the life of President Jacob Zuma's rape accuser.
Host, Eusebius McKaiser invited Tlhabi for a compelling discussion on her second book, which has garnered a lot of attention and talk from her supporters and critics alike.
In the fifth chapter of the book, Tlhabi writes: Ten years after the trial do we remember the questions that were posed to Khwezi? In what ways did the questions themselves reflect society's institutions of power? In a rape trial, the victim is as much on trial as the perpetrator- Fezekile was on trial. Every question put to her ensured that- the questions went even further, the entrenched misconception about consent and how it should and should not be communicated.
Tlhabi explains that even before the trial had begun, Fezekile had already faced intimidation.
There was an arrangement that Fezekile would not be paraded in front of President Jacob Zuma's supporters as well as the public. They had rehearsed this drill- It was agreed upon that this is the entrance she would use to and from the court.— Redi Tlhabi, former 702 host, journalist and author
Unbeknownst to her defence team, Fezekile was literally marched through in front of people chanting and singing in support of Zuma but also communicating such vile and intense threats against her.— Redi Tlhabi, former 702 host, journalist and author
By the time she sat in that courtroom she was already unsettled says Tlhabi, who adds that Fezekile was 'othered' and how this was a sign of things to come.
The book is also accompanied by images taken during and outside the court where the trial occurred. Tlhabi says the images communicate how Fezekile didn't have a voice at the time. She describes the images outside the Johannesburg High Court as powerful, violent and yet again portrayed how the victim was 'othered'.
For more on this discussion listen to the audio clip below: