Former president Jacob Zuma accused journalist and former radio presenter Redi Tlhabi of defamation. Zuma claimed Tlhabi was one of the individuals who had been trying to defame him, including branding him as a rapist. Tlhabi vehemently denies the accusations and wants to cross-examine Zuma against the allegations made against her.
The accusations arose when it was brought to Zuma’s attention that Tlhabi was making a movie titled “Raped by Power”, a titleevocative of Zuma’s rape allegation scandal in 2005. Zuma also accused former ministers Siphiwe Nyanda and Ngoako Ramathlodi of colluding with apartheid intelligence to assassinate his character.
Tlhabi has written to the state capture commission, chaired by deputy justice Raymond Zondo, notifying them of her intention to apply to cross-examine Zuma. This is according to Rule 3.3.6 of the Commission’s Rules, so she can give her side of the matter and test the authenticity of Zuma’s allegations.