- This verdict leads me to ask what I believe to be an important question: is it ever possible for a man to be guilty of rape in Africa? The attitude of the judge, in my opinion, implied that even in Mr. Zuma might have forced the woman (who has Aids) to have sex, he didn't rape because she wanted in some level to have sex with him. After all, how could she not want to, Mr. Zuma is powerful and he offered to marry her? Can you rape a woman that you want to marry? The answer in Africa, unfortunately, is no.
- What is shocking are the implications of this case and what it says to all the women in South Africa, a country which has a problem, whether it was to admit or not, with sexual violence against women. This case says to every woman that when she knows a man wants her, she shouldn't do anything to excite him and to make him lose his judgment by staying for example in his house as the accuser in this case did.
- It is sad to admit but in Africa, for rape to be a crime, the woman has to demonstrate that a harm what done to her and to show that she was pure before the act. However, purity is an almost impossible criterion to meet and it is difficult for people who come from a patriarchal society that sex with a man can be harmful to a woman.
- African women are sexual objects. They are the second sex, beings whose sole and primary functions are to satisfy a man's desires, to be a good woman to him, and to carry his children. It is for this reason that rape is almost an unimaginable crime because it is impossible to conceive that a man can see food, without wanting to eat and that a woman wouldn't just with her presence cause him to lose his judgment.
- The judge, in the Zuma trial, chose to follow what he considers the laws of nature, the man is the hunter, the woman is the prey, and when the hunter catches his prey, it is hard to condemn him for doing so even if he did it in the most despicable manner possible.
Jacob Zuma, the ex vice-president of South-Africa was found not guilty of rape. The Judge Willem van der Merwe decided that the sex between Mr. Zuma had to be consensual even though he deplored the lack of judgment of Mr. Zuma and cited Kipling, "Had Rudyard Kipling known of this case at the time he wrote his poem, If, he might have added the following: 'And, if you can control your body and your sexual urges, then you are a man, my son'."