Duduzane Zuma mum on inquiry findings

2014-12-11 13:01
Duduzane Zuma (Brendan Croft, Beeld)

Duduzane Zuma (Brendan Croft, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane said he would not comment on the finding of an inquiry that he was negligent in an accident in which a woman was killed.

Zuma, dressed in a black suit, greeted journalists as he left the courtroom in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court, and said he would not comment.

"This court finds that the death of the deceased Phumzile Dube was prima facie brought about by the negligent actions of suspect two, Mr Zuma," Randburg Magistrate's Court Magistrate Lolita Chetty said.

"He failed to conduct himself in a reasonable manner under the circumstances."

After Chetty read the findings and the inquest concluded, Zuma shook the hands of prosecutor Yusuf Baba, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Nathi Mncube, and the other lawyers.

Chetty went through the evidence that had been presented and said Zuma's defence was rejected by the inquest.

Zuma chose to drive at a normal speed while it was raining, which exposed him and the vehicle to dangerous consequences.

On 1 February this year, Duduzane Zuma's car rear-ended Jabulani Vusi Dlamini's minibus taxi on the M1 South off-ramp to Grayston Drive in Sandton. Passenger Dube was killed and three others were injured.

During the inquest, Zuma said he lost control of his Porsche after it hit a puddle in rainy conditions.

In July, the NPA said it declined to prosecute Zuma due to insufficient evidence.

Last month, the State and defence presented closing arguments and Chetty took two weeks do examine the documentation handed in by the legal teams.

After proceedings on Thursday, Mncube said the finding did not mean Zuma had been found guilty of anything.

"We will get the transcripts of the record and then the NPA is going to consider whether it is going to institute prosecution," he said.

There was a lot of evidence that came up which the NPA would have to study.

"It is not a given that prosecution will ensue from henceforth."

Mncube said he could not speculate on the NPA charging Zuma with culpable homicide. The prosecuting authority would study the findings before making a decision.

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