Expert evidence should be rejected, Zuma inquiry hears

2014-11-13 16:27
Duduzane Zuma (File: Beeld)

Duduzane Zuma (File: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - The evidence of an accident reconstruction expert should be rejected, an inquest into a crash involving President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane Zuma heard on Thursday.

"There were certain aspects in which the expert testified even though he is not qualified in that field, such as road engineering," David Maree, for accident victim Phumzile Dube's family, said in his closing arguments to the inquest in the Randburg Magistrate's Court.

"The expert's evidence should be rejected by this inquest."

Instead of assisting the inquest to come to a conclusion regarding the accident, expert Johannes Petrus Strydom's testimony was tailored to help Zuma, Maree contended.

Zuma's Porsche rear-ended Jabulani Vusi Dlamini's minibus taxi on a rainy night in February. Dube, who was a passenger, died and three others were injured.

The accident happened on the M1 south off-ramp to Grayston Drive in Sandton.

Sabelo Nobangula, for Dlamini, also called for the inquest to reject Strydom's evidence, and said his client's testimony showed there was nothing he could do to avoid the accident.

"It is not reasonable to expect a driver to look out for vehicles two lanes away from him... there was no opportunity for my client to take evasive action," said Nobangula.

"The expert's evidence left out a number of things that could have assisted the court to get to the truth. He also did not have the expertise to testify on certain aspects."

Maree said Dube's family was relying on the inquest to find closure.

"On behalf of the family, who are still deeply mourning following this tragic accident, I express my hope that this court will come to a finding so that the family can find closure."

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