RANDBURG: Former President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane appeared in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday morning.
He appeared on charges of culpable homicide, but the case was postponed to August 23. The case involves the deaths of two people after he crashed his Porsche into a taxi in 2014.
The charges relate to a car accident that occurred in February 2014 when Zuma rear-ended a taxi, after losing control of his Porsche on the Grayston Drive off-ramp on the M1, north of Johannesburg.
Phumzile Dube was killed instantly while three others were injured. A second woman, Jeanette Mashaba, died a couple of weeks later. However, during the inquest, it was found that her death was not a result of the accident and that she died in hospital of natural causes.
In July 2014, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) declined to prosecute Zuma and cited insufficient evidence. This was made public and the media reported on it.
The NPA decided not to prosecute Zuma in August 2015 even though Magistrate Lalitha Chetty found prima facie evidence that his negligent actions had caused Dube’s death.
Lobby group AfriForum gave the NPA an ultimatum at the end of last year to either prosecute Duduzane or release a nolle prosequi certificate (required for a private prosecution), which would allow former NPA prosecutor Gerrie Nel, known as the “Pit Bull”, to prosecute him.
NPA head Shaun Abrahams decided to prosecute the former president’s son for culpable homicide in April.