Passenger details Zuma's son's accident

2014-11-04 17:40
Duduzane Zuma is seen in court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Duduzane Zuma is seen in court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane was speeding when his Porsche hit a minibus taxi, killing a woman, an inquest heard on Tuesday.

A passenger in the taxi at the time, Matron Mdakane, 68, claimed Zuma left the accident scene to fetch a security guard and was to blame for the accident in February this year.

"I do blame him because he was the one who hit us with his car," she told the inquest in the Randburg Magistrate's Court, Johannesburg.

Phumzile Dube was killed in the accident and three people were injured.

Mdakane, speaking through an interpreter, said she saw the Porsche go out of control and spin twice before it hit the taxi. The taxi then hit a barrier before coming to a standstill.

She said Zuma got out of his car, left, and came back with a security guard.

"He got off the car, went down, and immediately came back with a man wearing a green vest, a security one."

Zuma's lawyer, Gary Mazaham, disputed her version.

"Mr Zuma will deny that he ran away and he will deny that he came back with a security officer," he said.

Mdakane claimed Zuma had been speeding, but admitted she did not drive herself and did not know how to measure speed.

Mazaham questioned Mdakane's eyesight, asking how she could see so much when it was raining heavily and the taxi was full. She said her eyesight was good as she had undergone an eye operation in June 2013.

Mazaham argued that experts would dispute her version that the Porsche spun twice before hitting the minibus, saying it was highly improbable.

During Mdakane's testimony, Dube's mother sat with her head in her hands crying in the public gallery. She was wearing a black velvet hat, white Nike T-shirt and an olive green jacket.

Proceedings were interrupted after Mdakana became agitated with the interpreter and a different one had to be called in.

Zuma sat in the second row of the courtroom's public gallery. Wearing a grey suit and black tie he alternated between clasping his hands in his lap and sitting with his right foot on his left knee.

The inquest will continue on Wednesday, when expert witnesses were expected to testify.

In July, the National Prosecuting Authority said it declined to prosecute Zuma due to insufficient evidence. Spokesperson Nathi Mncube said at the time the matter would be referred to a magistrate for a formal inquest to determine whether the accident was caused by a human error.

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