Duduzane Zuma: Contradictions in expert evidence

By Drum Digital
13 November 2014

The testimony of an accident reconstruction expert contradicts the evidence of Duduzane Zuma regarding in what direction his luxury car turned to after hitting a puddle of water, an inquest has heard.

The testimony of an accident reconstruction expert contradicts the evidence of Duduzane Zuma regarding in what direction his luxury car turned to after hitting a puddle of water, an inquest heard on Thursday.

"Mr Zuma said his Porsche veered to the left after hitting a puddle, you have heard his evidence. Yesterday you explained how the accident happened and gave a demonstration. You said his car veered to the right, why the inconsistency?" prosecutor Yusuf Baba asked Johannes Strydom.

Strydom replied that when a car hit a puddle it was possible that it would turn to the left, especially when there was too much water up front.

In his statement, President Jacob Zuma's son said he lost control of his Porsche after it hit a puddle. It spun and hit the back of a minibus taxi, coming to a standstill facing oncoming traffic.

Zuma's car rear-ended Jabulani Vusi Dlamini's minibus taxi on a rainy night in February. Passenger Phumzile Dube was killed and three others were injured.

The accident happened on the M1 south off-ramp to Grayston Drive in Sandton.

Gary Mazanam, for Zuma, interjected and said Strydom had accepted the version that the car veered to the left, but then rotated to the right.

"In his statement Mr Strydom explained how the vehicle first veered to the left before moving to the right and striking the minibus," Mazanam said.

Magistrate Lolita Chetty said she agreed with Mazanam.

"Throughout the inquest we have made certain concessions and I agree with Mr Mazanam, Mr Baba. Unless you want to go into the evidence or rephrase your question?" She said.

Baba said there was no need to rephrase the question.

"I will leave that for my upcoming arguments."

Zuma, dressed in a black suit, sat quietly next to his defence team. The inquest was delayed for a few minutes for the isiZulu interpreter to arrive.

At that point Zuma stood up and offered to stand in for the interpreter, sending chuckles across the public gallery. Chetty declined Zuma's offer.

In July, the National Prosecuting Authority said it declined to prosecute Zuma due to insufficient evidence. The matter would be referred to a magistrate for a formal inquest to determine whether the accident was caused by human error.

Source : Sapa

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