Zizi Kodwa denies rape accusations

Charles Molele

ANC acting spokesman and party president Cyril Ramaphosa’s special adviser Zizi Kodwa has denied an allegation that he raped a woman at a private party, saying it was part of a dirty tricks campaign against him.

Kodwa in a statement on Sunday said he was currently seeking legal advice on the matter with a view to a possible case of extortion or defamation against his rape accuser.

#ZiziKodwa has realeased a statement denying allegations of Rape against him. “It’s a dirty tricks campaign against me” pic.twitter.com/Vv8D7py3HH— Clement Manyathela (@TheRealClementM) February 24, 2019

“Today, after days [of] what appears to be the height of a dirty tricks campaign, I wish to expose its details.

“On February 14, 2019 I was alerted by the Secretary General of the ANC [Ace Magashule] that he had received a letter from a woman claiming [what] I view as the most grotesque attack on me and my reputation,” said Kodwa.

“In a letter replete with false accusations, I am accused of rape, sexual assault and even drugging two women.

“At the outset, I deny these accusations with the contempt they deserve.”

Kodwa further said the rape accusations against him were part of a dirty tricks campaign reminiscent of the Apartheid’s dirty tricks character assassination propaganda.

“I will not rest until I find out the identities of those behind these dirty tricks they obviously learned from their apartheid masters and handlers,” he said.

ANC’s acting spokesman Dakota Legoete said: “The lady approached the Secretary General’s Office and she was advised to go law enforcement agencies because the matter happened at a party and not within the ambit of the ANC. It is a criminal act and as a party we do not have a capacity to prosecute hence we advised her to go law enforcement agencies.”

On Saturday night, the party’s deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte said the party had advised the victim, who wrote a letter to Luthuli House to report the matter to the police.

Inside Politics understands that senior ANC leaders including Police Minister Bheki Cele are said to be planning an urgent meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa today to discuss allegations of rape against the popular spin doctor.

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