Duduzane Zuma, taxi driver to give evidence

2014-11-06 11:48

President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane and a minibus taxi driver were today expected to give evidence at an inquest into an accident in which a woman was killed.

Taxi driver Jabulani Vusi Dlamini and Duduzane Zuma would take the stand first, followed by expert witnesses, in the Randburg Magistrates’ Court in Joburg.

Prosecutor Yusuf Baba said he hoped both witnesses would give a clearer picture of what happened in the February accident. Magistrate Lalita Chetty adjourned proceedings until 11am.

Zuma, wearing a grey suit with a navy blue tie, stood talking with his lawyers during the adjournment. Dlamini sat on a bench outside the courtroom.

Zuma’s Porsche rear-ended Dlamini’s minibus taxi in the rain on the M1 south offramp to Grayston Drive, Sandton, in February. 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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