By Gill Gifford

The woman who accused former deputy president Jacob Zuma of raping her has been granted political asylum, according to reports.

Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant reported on Tuesday that the Netherlands had granted the woman and her mother permission to stay in the country for the next five years.

The women fled to Holland after the controversial trial, which ended with Zuma's acquittal.

However, the Dutch embassy in Pretoria on Tuesday denied the woman had been granted political asylum in the Netherlands.

Spokesperson Jantinus Smallenbroek said that she had been given a residence permit but not political asylum.

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