Blunt force trauma claimed Zuma crash victim


The woman killed when President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane drove his Porsche into a back of a minibus taxi died from extensive blunt force trauma, an inquest hear on Tuesday.

"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 sitting in the Randburg Magistrate's Court, Johannesburg.

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

However, Baba said it was disputed whether the taxi rolled after Zuma's car struck it in Rivonia in February.

Dube, who was wearing blue jeans and a black T-shirt at the time of the accident, was found hanging out of the taxi.

Baba read the evidence of Charlotte Ndlangise, a passenger in the minibus.

"I heard a bang on the back of the minibus. It spun and rolled and landed on its wheels again," Baba read.

Zuma tried to help her and called the ambulance. According to the statement of another passenger and Dube's colleague, Filisane Sibande, he tried to help his colleague, but she appeared lifeless. He said it was raining heavily at the time of the accident.

Zuma, wearing a grey suit and black tie, sat in the second row of the public gallery, his hands clasped in his lap.

Earlier the court adjourned for 45 minutes to allow lawyers to discuss the undisputed evidence.

The inquest is expected to run until November 14. Zuma missed the proceedings in August, for which his lawyer apologised, saying Zuma did not receive the message that he was meant to appear at the inquest on the day.

At the time of the accident, Johannesburg metro police spokesman Chief Superintendent 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.


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