South Africa 10.11.2014 01:06 pm

Inquest to settle Duduzane Zuma incline/decline road dispute

FILE PICTURE: Duduzane Zuma (R), president Jacob Zuma's son with his legal team at  Randburg Magistrate's Court, 4 November 2014, for inquest into an accident in February in which one person was killed.Picture: Nigel Sibanda

FILE PICTURE: Duduzane Zuma (R), president Jacob Zuma's son with his legal team at Randburg Magistrate's Court, 4 November 2014, for inquest into an accident in February in which one person was killed.Picture: Nigel Sibanda

An inspection of the road used by Duduzane Zuma on the night he crashed into a minibus taxi will show whether it was possible for water to collect at the point he said it did, an inquest heard on Monday.

Prosecutor Yusuf Baba and Zuma disagreed on where the decline started between the M1 south, Woodmead, Marlboro, and the Grayston Drive, Sandton, off-ramp, the Randburg Magistrate’s Court heard.

“If there were to be a water build-up it would have to be between Woodmead and Marlboro,” Baba said.

“I disagree,” the president’s son replied.

“From Woodmead to Marlboro it is still relatively flat. The decline is between Marlboro and Grayston.

“So the point of water collection I believe would be more possible at the Grayston area as opposed to Marlboro,” Zuma said.

Zuma’s Porsche rear-ended Jabulani Vusi Dlamini’s minibus taxi in the rain on the M1 south Grayston Drive off-ramp on February 1 around 10pm. Minibus passenger Phumzile Dube was killed and three others were injured.

According to Zuma’s statement, he lost control of his Porsche after it hit a puddle. It spun and hit the back of the taxi, coming to a standstill facing oncoming traffic.

The Johannesburg metro police was asked to escort the legal teams on the route.

Sapa

 

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