Former president Jacob Zuma’s last full media briefing was on May 5 2014. It was an ANC media breakfast prior to the last national elections, and because it was at the height of campaign season, Zuma was quite generous with his time. The briefing was a few weeks after the public protector’s report on Nkandla was released so it was necessary for the ANC to do damage control. The question and answer session was so intense that Zuma inadvertently disclosed that his wife had been raped at the homestead. It happened while Zuma was an MEC in KwaZulu-Natal. He said the incident necessitated the first round of security upgrades at his home. Because rape victims may not be identified, the information was not contained in Thuli Madonsela’s “Secure in Comfort” report. But facing a volley of questions from journalists, Zuma revealed that the incident, as well as his home being burnt twice during the political violence in KwaZulu-Natal, was why the security level had to be raised after he became...

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