No water puddles on road, Zuma crash inquiry hears

2014-11-06 15:30
Duduzane Zuma is seen in court. (File: Sapa)

Duduzane Zuma is seen in court. (File: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The water levels on the road were low on the night President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane smashed into the rear of a minibus taxi, an inquest in the Randburg Magistrate's Court heard on Thursday.

"There was water on the road but there wasn't a lot. It was running to the sides," taxi driver Jabulani Vusi Dlamini told the inquest.

He said there was no standing water on the road that would have made driving more difficult on the night of the accident in which a woman died and three people were injured.

The water on the road was not an obstacle, he said. He could see about six to seven metres ahead of him on the highway.

Zuma's Porsche rear-ended Dlamini's minibus taxi in the rain on the M1 south off-ramp on 1 February around 22:00. Minibus passenger Phumzile Dube was killed and three others were injured.

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

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.

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