State withdraws one culpable homicide charge against Duduzane Zuma

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The trial of Duduzane Zuma kicked off with a twist on Tuesday as the State withdrew one culpable homicide charge against the son of former president Jacob Zuma.

According to reports, the charge withdrawn
relates to the death of Nanke Mashaba, who died weeks later in hospital following an accident involving Zuma's Porsche.

Her death was later ruled as the result of natural causes.

Zuma now faces one culpable homicide charge in relation to t he death of Phumzile Dube, who died after Zuma’s Porsche crashed into a minibus taxi on the M1 in Johannesburg.
In his defence, Zuma has previously maintained that he was not negligent as his car had lost control as it had driven into a puddle that resulted in it swerving and hitting the taxi.

An inquest ruled on by Magistrate Lalitha Chetty found that Zuma was negligent and that his actions led to the death of Dube.

Zuma's trial is currently underway at the Randburg Magistrates' court and he has pleaded not guilty to the culpable homicide charge and negligent driving.

https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics...homicide-charge-against-duduzanezuma-20091017
 

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Duduzane Zuma trial: The carnage caused by his fatal car crash [photos]

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.

Duduzane Zuma trial – latest news:
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.
More at: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/duduzane-zuma-trial-car-crash-photos/
 

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Taxi driver: Duduzane Zuma may not have been able to avoid crash

After several delays and postponements, the culpable homicide case of Duduzane Zuma, son of former president Jacob Zuma, finally kicked off in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Dressed in a black suit, black shirt and tie, Zuma entered the courtroom shortly before 09:00 and waved at the media before chatting to his counsel.

His father was not present.

Zuma initially faced two charges of culpable homicide and a count of negligent driving relating to a car crash on February 1, 2014, on the M1 highway in Gauteng.

On the day, he was driving his Porsche when it crashed into the side of a minibus taxi, resulting in the death of Zimbabwean national, Phumzile Dube.

However, at the start of the proceedings, prosecutor Yusuf Baba indicated that one culpable homicide charge would be withdrawn.

Pre-existing conditionThough Nanki Jeanette Mashaba, who was injured in the accident, died in hospital several weeks later, her death was owing to a pre-existing condition and was not because of the accident, Baba said. Zuma pleaded not guilty to the remaining charges in an affidavit his counsel, advocate Mike Hellens, SC, read out. In it, Zuma stated that he hit a pool of water and lost control of his vehicle.
The State called its first witness, Mthobisi Percival Nxumalo, who has been an employee of the South African Weather Service since 2012, when he started as an intern.

Nxumalo could however not shed light on the rainfall conditions at the time of the accident, despite lengthy explanations as to how rainfall is measured.
The State's second witness, Jacques Cronjé, the dealer principal at Porsche in Johannesburg, testified at length on the specifications and safety features of the Porsche model Zuma was driving at the time of the accident.

He told the court that Zuma's company Mabengela Investments had purchased the Porsche 911 Turbo that was involved in the accident in 2007.

The last service the car underwent before the crash was on November 26, 2013, for overheating. The service before that was on September 27, 2013, to replace brake pads.

Felt out of control

Cronjé recalled how he had once experienced "aquaplaning" while driving a similar model Porsche at around 70-90km/h. He told the court that he felt he wasn't in control of the car at that time.
More at: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...ay-not-have-been-able-to-avoid-crash-20190326
 

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'He was speeding, your Honour' - commuter recalls day Duduzane Zuma crashed into taxi

Taxi commuter Noni Mdakane described the night that Duduzane Zuma's Porsche smashed into the taxi she had been travelling in, resulting in the death of Zimbabwean national, Phumzile Dube.

Mdakane was the State's fourth witness to testify on the first day of Zuma's trial in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

She was not intimidated by Zuma's advocate, Mike Hellens, SC, when he cross-examined her and refused to answer some questions she believed she had already answered.

Hellens asked Mdakane if she could tell the court, for certain, that Zuma's car was speeding.

"It was speeding, Your Honour. I say that because it overtook our taxi," Mdakane said.

She added that she was certain that the driver of the taxi was driving "well," insinuating that if Zuma's car overtook their vehicle, he must have been speeding.

However, Hellens put it to her that Zuma's car had hit the side of the taxi from its front, meaning it could not have overtaken it.

The senior counsel also asked how the then 68-year-old Mdakane could have seen the side or back of the car to notice Zuma's speeding vehicle.
More at: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...-day-duduzane-zuma-crashed-into-taxi-20190326
 

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Taxi 'spun two or three' times after being hit by Duduzane Zuma's Porsche

He saw only lights and the next moment his taxi spun two or three times before he lost consciousness.

That is what taxi driver Jabulani Dlamini told the Randburg Magistrate's Court about the night former president Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane crashed into his fully loaded Toyota Hi Ace on February 1 2014 on the M1 South near Grayston Drive in Johannesburg.

Dlamini told the court he was transporting passengers from Fourways to the Johannesburg CBD. He slowed down on the M1 because of the rain and was driving around 90-100km/h.

The rain impaired his visibility and he could see three or four car lengths ahead of him just before the crash. He told the court there were few cars on the road and he was driving on the second lane from the left on a four-lane road.

One of the passengers told him to watch out for the Porsche. When he looked he could not see anything except lights before the Porsche crashed into him. He lost consciousness shortly afterwards.
More at: https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/...es-after-being-hit-by-duduzane-zumas-porsche/
 

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Porsche mentions "Tyre may be more susceptible to aquaplaning due to low-profile design" and there are articles on Porsche 911 and aquaplaning which maybe related or unrelated to the incident, Its all going to depend on context and interpretation by the Judge. Its like driving an Alfa QV, BMW M3 CS, GTS which have excellent grippy tires on dry conditions and the opposite when wet. In the end, a driver should adjust driving to road conditions.
 

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Duduzane Zuma applies to have culpable homicide case dropped.

PRETORIA - Duduzane Zuma’s defence team has brought an application to have the culpable homicide case against him discharged on the grounds that the State has failed to submit evidence that their client acted negligently when he crashed his car into a taxi.

Former President Jacob Zuma's son has pleaded not guilty to charges of culpable homicide as well as reckless and negligent driving in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court.

Zuma crashed his Porsche 911 on a wet and rainy night in February 2014. Phumzile Dube, a passenger in the taxi, was killed in the collision.
More at : https://ewn.co.za/2019/03/27/duduzane-zuma-applies-to-have-culpable-homicide-case-dropped
 

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Human error the cause of crash involving Duduzane Zuma, says expert witness

.PRETORIA - An accident reconstruction expert has put the cause of the deadly crash involving Duduzane Zuma down to human error but conceded he’s not in a position to comment decisively on the conditions of the roads on the night of the incident.

Zuma's trial is being heard at the Randburg Magistrates Court on Wednesday where he’s pleaded not guilty to charges of culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving.

The former president son’s sports car collided with a taxi in February 2014 killing passenger Phumzile Dube.

Accident reconstruction expert Johan van Loggerenberg said when he arrived on the scene of the crash, the driver of the Porsche, Zuma, told him that he hit a puddle and lost control of his vehicle.

Van Loggerenberg believes the cause of the crash was human error.

He said despite the rain, he did not see any puddles or bodies of water on the road which may have caused the car to lose control which is why he reached the conclusion he did.
More at : https://ewn.co.za/2019/03/27/human-...h-involving-duduzane-zuma-says-expert-witness
 

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Zuma’s defence: State failed to prove negligence in fatal car crash

. PRETORIA - Duduzane Zuma's defence counsel has argued that the State has failed to prove he acted negligently when he lost control of his sports car and crashed into a taxi leading to the death of passenger Phumzile Dube.

After the State closed its case in the Randburg Magistrates Court on Wednesday, Zuma brought an application to have his case discharged and have the court acquit him.

Zuma’s defence advocate Mike Hellens asked the court to consider all the evidence led by the State and decide if it proved a case of.

He said the state failed on two levels
More at : https://ewn.co.za/2019/03/27/zuma-s-defence-state-failed-to-prove-negligence-in-fatal-car-crash
 

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Duduzane Zuma case must proceed, argues State.


.PRETORIA - The State has argued that on an analysis of all the facts related to the deadly crash, Duduzane Zuma has a case to answer to.

After the State closed its case in the Randburg Magistrates Court on Wednesday, Zuma brought an application for the matter to be discharged arguing he should be acquitted.

The former president's son crashed his Porsche 911 into a taxi in February 2014 killing passenger Phumzile Dube.

Prosecutor Yusuf Baba referred to case law where the courts have found that drivers must know that they are in control of vehicles which take a great toll on life on the roads.
More at : https://ewn.co.za/2019/03/27/answer-the-facts-state-tells-duduzane-zuma-on-deadly-crash
 

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VIDEO: Duduzane Zuma's culpable homicide trial postponed.

Johannesburg - The trial of Duduzane Zuma, the son of former president Jacob Zuma, was on Wednesday postponed due to a problem with the court recording machines.

State prosecutor Yusuf Baba said the evidence had to be cut short due to a problem with the recorder: "The magistrate orders proceedings be postponed until 08:30 on Thursday."
More at : https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-af...as-culpable-homicide-trial-postponed-23257132
 

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Duduzane Zuma owns up to fatal crash

Duduzane Zuma has told the Randburg magistrate's court that he sympathises with the families of the two people who died when his Porsche collided with a minibus taxi in 2014.

"It's a traumatic experience for everybody. I was fortunate to walk away with my life. I take responsibility for what happened. I do sympathise with people who were affected," Zuma said when he took the stand yesterday.

He is facing a charge of culpable homicide, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

Minibus taxi passengers Phumzile Dube and Jeanette Mashaba died after Zuma's car crashed into a minibus taxi on the M1 South near the Grayston turnoff in Johannesburg.

In his previous court appearance, Zuma had applied for a discharge. Magistrate Tebogo Thupaatlase found, however, that Zuma had a case to answer.

The family of Dube said they were struggling to deal with the ongoing court case.
More at : https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-05-16-duduzane-zuma-owns-up-to-fatal-crash/
 

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Prosecution grills Duduzane Zuma about conflicting accounts of speed he was driving at time of fatal accident

The speed at which Duduzane Zuma was driving at the time of his accident in 2014 was the main focus of the State's cross-examination on Thursday.

The son of former president Jacob Zuma was on the stand for a second day in the Randburg Magistrate's Court.

He faces a charge of culpable homicide related to an accident that occurred on February 1, 2014, when he crashed into a taxi, after his Porsche 911 Turbo lost control just after the Grayston Drive off-ramp in Sandton, killing Phumzile Dube.

While State prosecutor Yusuf Baba questioned the speed, Zuma maintained that he had been driving at around 120km/h from William Nicol Drive, after leaving Fourways.

Dressed in a purple tie and a grey blazer, Zuma maintained that he had not exceeded 120km/h.

Poor visibility

He told the court, sitting before Magistrate Tebogo Thupaatlase, that at the time of the accident he had been driving at 90-100km/h, because the rain had started to get heavier and visibility was obscured.

During his cross-examination, Baba took Duduzane back to when he had an interview with the insurance assessor who dealt with his claim. He questioned why Zuma had informed the assessor that he was driving 70km/h, but was now giving a different version to the court.
More at : https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...as-driving-at-time-of-fatal-accident-20190516
 
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