State evidence proves nothing in Duduzane Zuma's trial, says defence

27 March 2019 - 14:19 By Nico Gous
Duduzane Zuma in the Randburg magistrate's court on a culpable homicide charge relating to an accident in 2014 when his Porsche 911 turbo with four-wheel drive collided with a minibus taxi.
Duduzane Zuma in the Randburg magistrate's court on a culpable homicide charge relating to an accident in 2014 when his Porsche 911 turbo with four-wheel drive collided with a minibus taxi.
Image: Alon Skuy

Where is the evidence that former president Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane was negligent when he crashed into a minibus taxi in 2014?

That is what his lawyer Mike Hellens asked the Randburg magistrate's court on Wednesday, after the state wrapped up its case into the crash on February 1 2014.

Hellens wants the court to discharge the case against Duduzane, because the state failed to show he was driving recklessly and that the witnesses failed to disprove the defence's argument that the Porsche 911 Turbo, with four-wheel-drive, crashed due to it aquaplaning.

"What did they prove? Nothing. They proved it was a dark rainy night," Hellens said.

"What happened? A bizarre accident. Because someone did something wrong? No.

"Where is the evidence that he drove recklessly? It's not there."

He concluded it would be "astonishing" to put a "tapestry" together with the "quilts" of evidence the case presented.

The court has adjourned for lunch.

As the culpable homicide case against Duduzane Zuma continues, his father Jacob Zuma says that the whole court case against his son may well be a ploy to get back at the former president of the country.

State prosecutor Yusuf Baba will argue after lunch why the court should proceed with the case.

Zuma is facing one count of culpable homicide and one of negligent driving. Another charge of culpable homicide was dropped on Tuesday. Minibus taxi passengers Phumzile Dube and Jeanette Mashaba died following the crash. But state prosecutor Yusuf Baba told the court on Tuesday that the state consulted with a pathologist and Mashaba's death was a result of a pre-existing condition and was not linked to the accident. She died in hospital in May that year.

Duduzane pleaded not guilty on Tuesday. He said in a statement, read out by his lawyer, that he lost control of his Porsche 911 Turbo after driving through a pool of water which he did not see due to the poor visibility from the rain.


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