Statements in Zuma son's accident disputed

2014-11-04 17:11
Duduzane Zuma (File: Beeld)

Duduzane Zuma (File: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - The statement of a taxi driver whose minibus was hit by the Porsche of President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane, killing a woman, was incorrectly taken down, an inquest heard on Tuesday.

"Mr [Jabulani] Dlamini instructs me that you misunderstood him," Sabelo Nobangule, for Dlamini, told Warrant Officer Jimmy Ngubeni during an inquest at the Randburg Magistrate's Court, Johannesburg.

Nobangule said Ngubeni incorrectly wrote down which lanes the two vehicles were in when the accident took place on the M1 south in Johannesburg in February.

Minibus passenger Phumzile Dube was killed and three others were injured.

Ngubeni denied making a mistake and said Dlamini signed the statement after it was read back to him.

Gary Mazaham, for Zuma, asked Ngubeni why he had not obtained the statement, which Zuma had voluntarily given, at the Sandton police station the day after the accident.

"He said the statement written in the docket was the same as the one written in Sandton," Ngubeni replied.

He said he assumed Zuma was being charged with culpable homicide because someone had died.

Another witness, Matron Mdakane, a passenger in the taxi, claimed she warned the driver when she saw the Porsche spin out of control before it hit them.

She denied that the taxi had rolled, as some of the passengers had alleged.

Mdakane was shown photos of the M1 south and asked to indicate using post-it notes where both vehicles were before and during the collision.

The inquest was shown a photo showing the badly-dented right rear of the taxi, a silver body bag hanging out of the back right window.

Crash photos shown

Before the photos were shown Dube's mother, sitting in the back of the public gallery, was given the opportunity to leave if she wished. She chose to stay.

Zuma sat in the second row of the courtroom's public gallery.

Earlier, the inquest heard that Dube died from extensive blunt force.

"Phumzile Dube died from extensive blunt force trauma, with extensive injuries to the internal organs of the chest and abdomen and multiple fracture blood loss," prosecutor Yusuf Baba told the inquest.

He was going through the undisputed evidence and quoting from senior forensic officer Shakira Holland's post-mortem report.

At the time of the accident, Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said the Porsche rear-ended the taxi on the M1 south off-ramp to Grayston Drive in Sandton. Three people were injured.

The inquest heard that one of those injured, Jeanette Mashaba, died in May, three months after the accident.

 Baba said they would not pursue an inquest into her death as she had died of natural causes.

The inquest is expected to run until 14 November.

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