Zuma crash taxi driver inconsistent

2014-11-06 16:16
Duduzane Zuma (File: Beeld)

Duduzane Zuma (File: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - A minibus taxi driver contradicted himself on Thursday about whether or not he saw Duduzane Zuma's Porsche on the night of an accident that killed a woman in Sandton, Johannesburg.

Jabulani Vusi Dlamini, 28, said in his statement to police he had been driving in the slow lane on the M1 south around 22:00 on a rainy night on 1 February.

He then said he saw a silver Porsche moving from the fast lane to the slow lane, and crash into the back of his taxi.

He was being questioned in an inquest in the Randburg Magistrate's Court about the accident involving President Jacob Zuma's son on the M1 south off-ramp to Grayston Drive, Sandton.

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

During cross-examination on Thursday, however, it emerged that Dlamini only saw the Porsche after it struck his minibus.

"The way it happened was that they [the passengers] told me that there is a car that isn't driving consistently," he said through an interpreter.

When he tried to see the car it had already struck his taxi.

Dlamini was referring to another witness, Matron Mdakane, 68, who was in his taxi at the time. On Tuesday, Mdakane told the court Zuma had been speeding, but admitted she did not drive herself and did not know how to measure speed.

Dlamini could not say which side of the Porsche hit the taxi.

"I can't say... after the impact the car lost control and many things happened after that."

He said after Zuma's car hit his taxi it spun twice, fell onto its side, and somehow ended up on its wheels again.

The court was shown pictures of the taxi's damaged front bumper and right rear. Dlamini said the front of the taxi was damaged when it hit a barrier.

"It hit the steel barrier, fell on the ground, slid on the road, then got back up. I also don't know how it got up."

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

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