Expert: Advanced driver couldn't have avoided accident

2014-11-13 13:10
Duduzane Zuma (Brendan Croft, Beeld)

Duduzane Zuma (Brendan Croft, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Even an experienced driver trained in defensive driving could not have avoided an accident on a rainy night, an inquest heard on Thursday.

"If I was a defensive driver, and driving on that road under those circumstances, I could have experienced the same incident," accident reconstruction expert Johannes Strydom told the inquest in the Randburg Magistrate's Court.

"Not even a defensive driver could have avoided that," he said.

Magistrate Lolita Chetty had asked Strydom whether he blamed Duduzane Zuma for the accident.

The president's son's Porsche 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.

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.

The inquest completed hearing evidence from witnesses.

Johan van Loggerenberg from the Johannesburg metro police department would not testify as planned, because it was concluded that his evidence and that of Strydom was the same.

The inquest decided it was not necessarily to have his input, and closing arguments would be heard.

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