January 28, 2021

Duduzane’s trial postponed to July 12 for Judgement

The case of culpable homicide trial of Duduzane Zuma has been postponed to July 12 for judgment at Randburg Magistrate Court.

(Photo: Son of former president Jacob Zuma, Duduzane Zuma at the Randburg Magistrate court on 26 March 2019. Picture: Karen Sandison/African News Agency(ANA))

By Mbali Maluma

This comes after he was involved in an incident that happened five years ago, which he lost control of his sports car and crashed the minibus taxi. This whole incident happened on the M1 highway in Johannesburg resulting in the death of one of the passengers in the minibus, Phumzile Dube.

The former President Jacob Zuma’s son facing a culpable homicide, reckless and negligent driving to which he has pleaded not guilty.

The State Prosecutor Yusuf Baba on the closing argument occurred on the June 20, told the court that Zuma should be convicted of the charges against him as the evidence proves he is guilty. He also added that Zuma lost the control of his vehicle because he was driving negligently and he never adapted his driving to the inclement of weather conditions.

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The counsel of the accused, Mike Hellen SC, has argued that the State had not proved its case against his client. He also argued that there is no evidence that Zuma was traveling at an excessive speed when he overtook the minibus taxi.

Hellen further argued that Zuma could not avoid aquaplaning. The court has to determine the following:

– Did Mr. Zuma drive the car as a prudent driver?

– Did he take precautions and did he reduce the speed?

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