In South Africa, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) recently condemned media reports of rape claims against the former vice president Jacob Zuma. COSATU says the fact that neither the victim nor the police have confirmed the accusations should raise questions and that the media reports pose a threat to the country?s democracy and its institutions. Meanwhile, Mr. Zuma has met with lawyers to decide how best to respond to the allegations. Mr. Zuma and his lawyers also plan to take legal action against the Sunday newspaper that initially published them. Zwelinzima Vavi is the secretary general of COSATU. From Johannesburg, he explains to English to Africa reporter Peter Clottey.