SA reacts after state drops culpable homicide charge against Duduzane Zuma
Social media users have expressed shock that a case of culpable homicide has been dropped against former president Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane, after the state told the court that the victim suffered from a "pre-existing condition".
Zuma appeared in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday in connection with the 2014 deaths of Phumzile Dube and Jeanette Mashaba.
The women died after Zuma's Porsche collided with a minibus taxi on the M1 highway near the Grayston Drive offramp.
The court heard that Zuma will not have to answer for the death of Mashaba, who died in hospital a few weeks after the crash. This after a pathologist ruled that Mashaba’s death was as a result of natural causes.
State prosecutor Yusuf Baba told the court that Mashaba suffered from a pre-existing condition, which the state was initially unaware of, and that this had led to her death. The condition was not linked to the car crash.
Zuma has pleaded not guilty.
Social media was filled with reaction to the decision, with many questioning why it was made.
#DuduzaneZuma— Dumezweni Ndweni (@NdweniJourno29) March 26, 2019
Please help me understand the 'preexisting condition' thing, angiyizwa kahle. So if the person wasn't knocked by a vehicle that day would that person be dead or alive today? And would that count if the person is punched, shot or stabbed?
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Fact is Duduzane is the reason why she was in hospital, had the accident not happened that lady would probably still be alive. So they can't just say because she had a pre-existing condition,that's what killed her. And don't tell me about causal link.#DuduzaneZuma https://t.co/H2KvbxAw9K— 👑👑 (@Queen_hle) March 26, 2019