Duduzane Zuma may have escaped charges relating to the death of Nanke Mashaba, but the spectre of Phumzile Dube still looms over him. The woman was killed when Zuma Jnr’s car ran into the back of a taxi in Sandton.
Although the state has ruled out one count of culpable homicide, the prosecution is fighting tooth and nail to put him behind bars because of his alleged dangerous driving. Duduzane has always maintained that he put the brakes on in ample time, but the wet roads saw his Porsche “aquaplane” into the back of the minibus.
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The trial is set to last through the week, as forensic experts and legal professionals give their testimonies to the Randburg Magistrates Court. We’ve even had a meteorologist on the stand this Tuesday, but they were unable to conclusively support Zuma’s aquaplane defence.
The crash – which happened more than five years ago – caused devastating damage to the taxi itself. Vusi Dlamini was the driver that day, and his vehicle was battered and bruised following the impact:
- The taxi’s right exterior was smashed into, ripping out the back-right headlight
- The rear-right window and body of the taxi was caved in by the impact.
- The paintwork, the boot and the tyre axle all suffered extensive damage.
Damage caused to both vehicles
There was also a hefty amount of damage inflicted on the sports car Duduzane Zuma was driving. Pictures obtained by the Sunday Times show exactly how his car made an impact with the vehicle in front, resulting in a very costly repair bill from the former president’s son.
Gerrie Nel vs Duduzane Zuma
The bumper, his front-left headlight and his front-left tyre all came off worse-for-wear in the Sandton smash. Somehow, Duduzane emerged from the incident with no serious injuries to report.
Charges of cuplable homicide were brought against the younger Zuma, but the NPA – almost inexplicably – threw them out of court. However, Gerrie Nel stepped forward to represent the Dube family in 2017 with AfriForum’s private prosecution unit, getting those charges reinstated.
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