15 October 2016 - Fezekile Kuzwayo has been described as a fighter. She was laid to rest in her hometown of Durban on Saturday. She is pictured here in a photo from a personal collection, on display at her funeral.
DURBAN - Relatives and friends of the late Fezekile Kuzwayo, also known as Khwezi, have spoken at her funeral about her courage.
The 41-year-old was laid to rest in Durban on Saturday.
She is the woman who accused President Jacob Zuma of rape in 2005.
Zuma was acquitted of the rape charge the following year.
Friends and family members described Kuzwayo as a brave fighter until the very end.
PICTURED: Fezekile Kuzwayo is pictured here in a composite of personal photos, which were on display at her funeral.
Activists spoke about the challenges Kuzwayo had experienced since the rape trial.
“Fezeka suffered for 10 years, not because of one person -- because he could have not done what he did and kept quiet for 10 years without the support of a party, the systems of oppression," said one speaker.
Feminists' "rage has been unleashed" because while they had to protect Fezeka all that time, meaning their activism was constrained, they now no longer had to do so.
Another speaker was very clear about their disregard for President Jacob Zuma.
"I will never recognize the president of South Africa, I will never,” she said.
“Everyone knew of her struggles and how courageous she was," said Kuzwayo's cousin Mzwandile Ntsukela.
"It’s now up to us to take on the baton and carry on fighting.”