Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Zuma seeks top ANC posts after acquittal

Former South African deputy president Jacob Zuma set his sights on ruling ANC party leadership positions after his acquittal from rape charges Monday.

Zuma, an opponent of South African leader Thabo Mbeki and a Zulu, said that there should be no "tribalism" in his country's politics and said he would like to serve again as deputy president of the ANC.

The trial was very controversial with Zuma's supporters burning photographs of his accuser. The woman who filed the charges had a long history of making rape claims, none of which resulted in conviction. Zuma also angered some with his statements about women and HIV/AIDS during the proceedings.

Although he still faces trial on fraud and corruption charges later this year, Zuma appeared ready to get back to work and said he would accept any position the ANC offers him.

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