Duduzane Zuma can be charged for fatal crash

2014-12-11 10:11
Duduzane Zuma (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - A Randburg court magistrate has found that Duduzane Zuma’s negligence caused the death of a taxi passenger death and that he can thus be charged for culpable homicide.

Magistrate Lolita Chetty said Zuma failed to conduct himself in a reasonable manner in conditions preceding crash and his defence is rejected.

On 1 February this year, Zuma's car rear-ended Jabulani Vusi Dlamini's minibus taxi on the M1 South off-ramp to Grayston Drive in Sandton.

Passenger Phumzile Dube was killed and three others were injured.

Chetty said “constant load shedding didn’t help” in finalising her ruling.

Chetty found that Dlamini, the taxi driver could not be held responsible for the crash.

In a statement, Zuma said he lost control of his Porsche after it hit a puddle in rainy conditions.

In July, the National Prosecuting Authority said it declined to prosecute Zuma due to insufficient evidence.

Closing arguments were presented by the defence and State last month.

The magistrate had taken two weeks to examine the documentation handed to her by all legal teams involved in the inquiry.

Read more on:    npa  |  duduzane zuma  |  johannesburg

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