Zuma to appear in court over accident deaths

FILE PICTURE: President Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzani Zuma outside the ANC's National General Council, held at the Exhibition Centre in Durban, South Africa on 22 September 2010. (Photo by Gallo Images/Sunday Times/Thembinkosi Dwayisa)

Duduzane Zuma, son of President Jacob Zuma is expected to appear in court on Friday for a formal inquest into a vehicle collision that killed Phumzile Dube in February.

Zuma failed to appear in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on 12 August, which led to a subpoena being served to a representative of Zuma to assure he would appear on 22 August.

According to his lawyer Pieter van der Merwe, Zuma only found out about the court proceedings on Tuesday morning through calls by the media.

Last month, the NPA declined to prosecute Zuma due to insufficient evidence.

It said the matter would be referred to a magistrate for a formal inquest, to determine whether the accident was caused by a human error.

In February Zuma was driving in his silver Porsche sedan in raining weather when he rear-ended a minibus taxi on Grayston Drive, Fourways.

The accident left two passengers critically injured. Dube, 30, passed away as a result of injuries sustained.

It has since been reported that another person who was injured in the accident has subsequently passed away. Investigations are trying to determine whether the second deceased died from injuries she sustained in the accident.


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