Kristin Palitza

Former MP of South Africa’s ruling party, ANC, and well-known gender activist Pregs Govender said the Jacob Zuma rape trial that rocked the country this month raised important questions about the role and responsibility of leaders worldwide. Govender, who spoke at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, last week closely investigated the global context in which the trial against South Africa’s former deputy president Jacob Zuma took place.

In the aftermath of the acquittal of former South African deputy president Jacob Zuma on charges of rape, it seems that everyone has had an opinion on the judgment – and an opinion on everyone else’s opinion. Last week, Pambazuka News carried a series of articles on the trial and this week reactions have continued to be sent in. Here, Kristin Palitza voices her views.

South Africa’s former deputy president Jacob Zuma has been found not guilty. This was judge Willem van der Merwe’s more