The Johannesburg High Court is hearing closing arguments in the
rape trial of former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma.
On Wednesday, Judge Willem van der Merwe granted permission for
the judgement - on a still unknown date - to be televised.
Mr Zuma is accused of raping a 31-year-old family friend, who is
HIV positive, at his home last November.
He denies the rape charge, as well as separate charges of
Mr Zuma says he and the complainant had sex in his bedroom and
that she initiated the intercourse.
She claims that Mr Zuma raped her in the guest room where she was
spending the night.
What is not in dispute is that the former deputy president had
unprotected sex with a woman he knew to be HIV positive.
While deputy president, Jacob Zuma was also head of South
Africa's National Aids Council and the Moral Regeneration
His views on HIV prevention, which were aired in court, have
shocked Aids activists, the BBC's Peter Biles says.
They say his irresponsible approach has set back the fight
against HIV and Aids by many years, in a country where more than
5m people are HIV positive.
This time last year, Mr Zuma was considered a strong contender to
succeed President Thabo Mbeki at the next elections in 2009.
But whatever the outcome of this high-profile rape trial, few
people believe that Mr Zuma can now repair his damaged reputation
to mount a serious challenge for the leadership of South Africa.
In July, he faces another trial on the corruption charges that
led to his dismissal as deputy president last year.
The trial has been accompanied by demonstrations both for and
against Mr Zuma, who remains a popular politician.