Zuma's trial leaves confused messages on AIDSBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7550.1112-b (Published 11 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1112
- Pat Sidley
South Africa's former deputy president, Jacob Zuma, was found not guilty of charges of having raped an HIV positive family friend—but the case has left in its wake further confusion around HIV/AIDS in the country.
Mr Zuma has a great deal of support in South Africa, as was shown by the thousands of people celebrating in the streets on Monday when he was acquitted. He still stands a chance of becoming the country's next president.
Mr Zuma was forced to relinquish his post as deputy president of the country when he was charged with corruption (which comes to court later this year) and then had to suspend himself from active duty as the deputy president of the ruling …